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“Madam” isn’t just Merkel’s title. It’s part of her job

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.

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The world has gone mad, sex-mad in this case

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.

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Smoking isn’t the worst thing children can see in public parks

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.

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The Vatican makes an offer I can’t understand

Doublespeak, doubletalk, newspeak are rapidly ousting straight talk from official discourse.

Connotation trumps denotation, subtext overpowers text, semiotics ride roughshod over semantics.

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Socialism, playing FTSE with equality

“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.

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The spivs are running scared

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.

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Down with couplism, the scourge of our time

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.

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Dear Vlad, sorry to have missed your birthday

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.

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With Ebola, who needs dirty bombs?

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.

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Life, liberty and pursuit of bananas

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.

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