Entries by Mark Gullick

Who Watches the Watchers?

When the Roman poet Juvenal first used the phrase Quis custodiet ipsos custodes in the sixth of his second-century Satires, he was referring playfully to critics of his relationship with his wife. The phrase’s passage to its current status as a political lock-and-guard mechanism came via its misattribution to Plato’s Republic. But the observation of […]

Caliphate for the UK?

In December of last year, Gaza’s oldest mosque was largely destroyed by Israeli air-strikes. The Omari mosque dating back to the seventh century and named for Umar ibn al-Khattab, Islam’s second caliph, and so is much mourned. It is worth noting in passing that Islam does not separate religion and state as the West does, […]

Evaluating Empire: A review of Nigel Biggar’s ‘Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning”

Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning Nigel Biggar William Collins, 2023 The controversy over empire is not really a controversy about history at all. It is about the present, not the past. Nigel Biggar The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there. P. Hartley, The Go-Between. The White population of the USA are wearily used to […]

A House Divided: Schizocracy

A house divided cannot stand. Matthew 12:22. With election season approaching on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, political rhetoric will increasingly favor certain themes, and even certain words, in an attempt to entrance and ensnare the public. In the UK, where the government quite blatantly uses NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) both internally and when addressing […]

The Unfair City of Dublin

‘In Dublin’s fair city’, runs the first line of the Irish folk song Molly Malone, ‘where the girls are so pretty’. Dublin lives up to that description, or at least it did. Since its prime, however, and victim as it now is to a nationwide political program in which its famously friendly people had no […]