Monthly Archives: August 2016

On Harshness Signalling…

The French “burkini” ban is completely pointless – completely pointless, that is, if taken at face value. It will do nothing to combat Islamic jihadism or Islamic totalism – targeting, I suspect, women from more liberal families than many others … Continue reading

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Moral Philosopher

Like Cook or Columbus You discovered virtue. Your civilisation. Your own America. You have built a palace. You have taken slave girls. You have built an empire Across beautiful sands.

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Getting Rid of Books…

I am on holiday in England, at my parent’s house, and am throwing out some of the old books that I had left with them. I have hundreds here: the result of a childhood and adolescence spent rummaging through charity … Continue reading

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A book is marked: 4.99 (Slightly damaged). I imagine: 4.99 (Total bollocks).

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Superficialities of Style…

In “A Criticism of Life”, the first essay of his spirited, pugnacious and sometimes disagreeable collection In Defence of T.S. Eliot, Craig Raine presents a rousing and convincing case for literature as an act of “measured consideration” that provides “focus, … Continue reading

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A Diversity Paradox…

I was morbidly amused to see, towards the end of a BBC article on the murder of an Ahmadi Muslim by a Sunni Muslim, in Glasgow, for alleged blasphemy, a reference to a spokesman of the Council of Mosques in … Continue reading

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Two Poems About Brave People…

Poem for Szmulek Goldberg and His Girlfriend Rose In the ruined sports hall you danced Amid the rubble. Darkness falls. Still that spirit lights our struggle. Poem for Rita Atria The truth was not enough. Courage was not enough. Belief … Continue reading

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Conservative Means and Ends…

Conservatives are often criticised, and often fairly, for being nothing more than liberals who can pace themselves – that is, that they seek the same ends but through reforms and not radical change. What this obscures is that conservatives have, … Continue reading

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The Sentimentality of David Brooks…

The English poet and critic T.E. Hulme once wrote, of religion, that he did not “put up with the dogma for the sake of the sentiment” but preferred to “swallow the sentiment for the sake of the dogma”. This was a … Continue reading

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On “British Values”…

There are, periodically, attempts to define “British values”: both so that our governments can promote integration and so they can do their gallant best to appear patriotic. These tend to be lists of superficial progressive virtues – gender equality, religious … Continue reading

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