Submitted by Alexander on 18 October 2014 - 5:33pm
During a Formula One race in Sochi Bernie Ecclestone was sufficiently impressed with Col. Putin to suggest he could run both Europe and America if he could find time in his busy schedule.
Bernie didn’t specify what made the good colonel’s schedule so busy, probably deciding it would be impolite to suggest that his host’s time is mostly taken up with ripping off his own country and attacking his neighbours.
Submitted by Alexander on 17 October 2014 - 6:19pm
The impression that we now live in a lunatic asylum, with the lunatics running it, is getting stronger by the day.
It’s impossible to open a paper, even a supposedly conservative one, without reading at least one article whose author shows every symptom of being not just intellectually backward but downright insane.
Submitted by Alexander on 15 October 2014 - 8:23pm
Generally, it takes American perversions five to ten years to reach our shores.
This happens invariably and inexorably. The self-appointed leader of the free world mandates political correctness, homomarriage, reduction in greenhouse gases, reverse discrimination in favour of racial minorities or women, multi-culti rectitude, vegetarianism as a political statement – give it a few years and we’ll follow suit with obsequious alacrity.
Submitted by Alexander on 14 October 2014 - 1:30pm
Doublespeak, doubletalk, newspeak are rapidly ousting straight talk from official discourse.
Connotation trumps denotation, subtext overpowers text, semiotics ride roughshod over semantics.
Submitted by Alexander on 13 October 2014 - 10:48am
“Under capitalism,” cynical Muscovites used to quip, “man oppresses man. Under socialism it’s the other way around.”
There’s only one area in which socialism is demonstrably more successful than capitalism: mendacious propaganda.
In that sense, propaganda is like advertising: repeated often enough and long enough, it housetrains the populace to accept slogans as reality.
Submitted by Alexander on 12 October 2014 - 1:27pm
Ukip may win anywhere between 12 and 25 parliamentary seats come next May, say the polls.
They also say that the Tories and Ukip will win about 50 per cent of the vote between them, with Labour getting just over a third.
Submitted by Alexander on 9 October 2014 - 11:24am
London filmmaker Grace Gelder has just lent a helping hand to Dave’s noble drive towards broadening the concept of marriage.
An expansion was self-evidently necessary. Anyone could see that insistence on the outdated notion of marriage as a union between one (1) man and one (1) woman was out of keeping with the inclusive spirit of modernity.
We live to be happy, don’t we? Everyone knows there can be no other purpose to life.
Submitted by Alexander on 8 October 2014 - 12:41pm
You know how it is. You make a mental note to send your Mum a Happy Birthday card, and then the note slips out of your mind.
You wake up on the day and suddenly the date displayed on your bedside clock sounds a distress signal in your half-dormant consciousness.
Bother! you scream, if your neglected mother brought you up well. If not, or more likely if you’ve since forgotten all she ever taught, you scream something else.
Submitted by Alexander on 7 October 2014 - 1:26pm
Generally I try to refrain from scare-mongering, for fear of frightening my readers away.
So how do some of them repay my self-restraint? By scaring me instead.
One such reader drew my attention to an American article considering the possibility of Muslims using the Ebola virus as a weapon in their 1,400-year war on the West.
My first reaction is always to dismiss such doomsday scenarios out of hand: they’ve too often come from mentally unbalanced individuals or out-and-out madmen.
Submitted by Alexander on 6 October 2014 - 1:48pm
It’s endlessly fascinating to observe how modernity rapes the very reason in whose name it was inaugurated, the foundation on which it’s supposedly built.
Upon closer examination, however, one realises that the foundation is subsiding and termite-ridden.