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Passion Devoid of Reason

Astonishing scenes in this week’s edition of “Liddle’s Got Issues” as Rod Liddle turns up outside Parliament and attempts to engage some of the anti-Brexit protesters in conversation. Some of these people, such as Steve Bray, nicknamed “Stop Brexit Man” … Continue reading

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The wrongs of “trans” rights

The Sunday Times today reports that Jeremy Corbyn has had a row with his domestic policy advisor, Lachlan Stuart, over the fact that Stuart has suggested that “trans women remain biologically male”.  The article goes on to quote a Labour … Continue reading

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Isn’t it time we tried to understand the vote to Remain?

Since the vote for Brexit, countless articles and opinion pieces have attempted to understand and deconstruct the reasons behind the vote to leave.  But surely what we really should have been doing over the past two and a half years, … Continue reading

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On WTO Brexit and Zero Tariffs

James Delingpole recently came unstuck on the Daily Politics, under an intense grilling from Andrew Neil on the question of how Britain, trading under WTO terms, could expect to offer zero tariffs on imports while still having any leverage with … Continue reading

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TERF wars

Are you a TERF? Well, if you believe that possession of a penis should preclude a person from entering female-only areas such as changing rooms, or being incarcerated in female prisons, or performing intimate personal examinations such as smear tests, … Continue reading

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The lost art of taking a punt

In the supermarket wine aisle recently, I was distracted by the sight of a young woman next to me, repeatedly leaning in to the shelves to take close-up pictures of individual wine bottles with the camera on her phone. What … Continue reading

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It’s about time we prepared for a “no deal” Brexit

In the two and a half years since the UK voted for Brexit, we’ve become accustomed to the divided opinion that greets almost every Brexit-related announcement. But I still find myself surprised at the near hysteria emanating from some sectors of … Continue reading

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No, we did NOT vote for a cheese submarine

Once again, it’s been a while since I last managed to gather my thoughts sufficiently around one idea or subject in order to write a new blog post.  In large part, that’s been due to starting a new job, which … Continue reading

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ECHR ruling paves the way for “Marry Your Rapist” Laws in Europe

You’ve probably already read about the European Court of Human Rights ruling this week that the right to free expression does not include the right to defame the Prophet Mohammed.  The story has been reported in most national newspapers, and … Continue reading

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The Great “Factfulness” Con

I was in South Africa earlier this year, visiting my dad, when I first read a review of Hans Rosling’s book “Factfulness”.  I remember excitedly reading some of the key points of the review to my dad, who expressed skepticism … Continue reading

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