At the Crossroads

I don’t usually comment on events in the news, but something has happened that may be important. I’m talking about the arrest and imprisonment a few days ago of Tommy Robinson. The circumstances of this event are, to say the least, startling. Robinson was live-streaming from outside a court-house in Leeds, when he was arrested … More At the Crossroads


  Perhaps it’s possible to discern grand cycles through history – after all, the rise and fall of ideas, empires and cultures do often follow similar paths. But it’s certainly a mistake to lever things into regular periods like centuries. It’s obvious that there’s nothing special about the number 100, except for its neatness to … More REEEEEEEEEE!!!

A Political Climate

When you find a hornets’ nest hanging from a tree in your garden, it’s probably wise to avoid laying into it with a short, heavy stick. On the other hand, it can’t be a worthy thing to skirt around an important topic – and we’ve been assured over many years that anthropogenic global warming (AGW), … More A Political Climate

Science and Magic

As the West moves into the 21st century, it is experiencing a crisis of belief. Little by little, and in no particular order, we have lost confidence in political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders, bankers, journalists, civil servants, broadcasters, economists, lawyers and celebrities of all types. Perhaps our parents and grandparents didn’t believe everything they … More Science and Magic


Because the English language is my bread and butter, this recent article on the BBC website caught my attention. The basic argument here is that English has ceased to be the property of native speakers and now belongs to the world. It isn’t that this idea is anything new – it’s restating something which I’ve … More English

Black Swan

Every swan in the world is white, as everybody in the seventeenth century knew. That is why the term ‘black swan’ was used to describe an impossibility; something that went against the natural order of things. Then, after 1697 when black swans were discovered in Australia, the term metamorphosed into the rather more interesting idea … More Black Swan

Ship of Fools

  It has been well said that the major disqualification for the exercise of power should be the wanting of it. Unfortunately, most ordinary people don’t even try to acquire power and so it’s left to those who crave it. Although power brings with it many obvious advantages – status, money and the best mates, … More Ship of Fools

The Worm Within

Try this simple thought experiment: A sane and normal-looking person stands up on a street corner and starts berating the leaders of his country. He angrily accuses them of incompetence and corruption and demands they be brought to justice for their activities. How long would this person be able to continue speaking and what would … More The Worm Within

Bubble Trouble

I called Western Civilisation the ‘Bubble’ in my first post, meaning that we inhabit a small and very privileged place in time and geography. In fact, a place that’s unique. But there’s an even more obvious characteristic of a bubble – its fragility. A bubble is so delicate and short-lived that you marvel that it … More Bubble Trouble