Georgians and Genomes The independent socialist George Orwell (1903–1950) was, it’s said, a central influence on the neo-conservative Christopher Hitchens (1949–2012). But this claim puzzles me. I’ve been reading Orwell all my life and I’ve failed to notice that he was a tedious, self-righteous, self-important gasbag who never used one word when six not unpolysyllabic […]
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So okay: Britain’s got rape-gangs. This is not so good from the feminist point of view. But look on the bright side: the ludicrous excuses about the rape-gangs are being made by powerful women. In “The Blessings of Diversity”, I looked at the weasel words of the glass-ceiling-smashers: Sue Berelowitz, Joanna Simons and Laura Johnston. […]
A Few More Individuals I was unimpressed by the murder of a British soldier in London. Two blade-wielding Muslims, one dead infidel? Come on, my brothers! Did you miss the extensive coverage given in 2012 to what a real warrior of Allah can do if he puts his mind to it? Groomed for sex at […]
V is for Vibrancy You know how it goes. You wait months for a depraved-gang-rape-and-child-prostitution trial —and then two come along at once: Asian grooming gang convicted of appalling acts of depravity on children Police and social services have apologised for the failings and missed opportunities that allowed a gang of men to carry out […]
Men and Miracles Here are four highly important Western thinkers. Please pick the odd one out: 1. St Thomas Aquinas (theologian). 2. Charles Darwin (biologist). 3. Stephen Jay Gould (biologist). 4. Richard Dawkins (biologist). The odd one out is of course No. 2, Charles Darwin, because he didn’t believe in miracles. By contrast, supernatural intervention […]
Enlightenment Values If you’ve ever handled a slug, you’ll know that you have to wipe your hands afterwards. It would be wrong to compare the British anti-fascist Denis MacShane with a slug – he’s not a hermaphrodite or a mollusc, after all – but contact with Denis has similar effects. You’ll have things to clean […]
Comrade Catholic Unstintingly generous with others, Tony Blair’s New Labour were sternly austere with themselves. While toiling to create thousands of new laws and regulations for the rest of us, for themselves they had a single stark and simple rule: “To the pure in heart, all things are permitted.” And who in New Labour […]