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Not in the national interest

“Sir, why all this fuss about Ukraine? Why didn’t anyone make the same fuss about Afghanistan, or Syria, or Yemen? Don’t those people matter?” The honest answer to the student’s question would have been to say, “No, they don’t,” for … Continue reading

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The cleansing effect of soaps

Emmerdale has changed from times past. This evening’s episode included a policeman charging a woman with multiple murders, attempted murder, false imprisonment, and assault. Soaps in the past never had such dramatic occurrences. Life was usually altogether more mundane. Crossroads … Continue reading

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Old and cold

The BBC carries news of the demise of another energy supplier.  Perhaps the proper term should be re-seller, for the insolvent firms have been locked into contracts where they had to buy the energy at a price far higher than … Continue reading

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Spare us the revolution

“We believe in constitutional action in normal times; we believe in revolutionary action in exceptional times. These are exceptional times.” The words of James Connolly are at the head of a poster pasted on various street electricity boxes. Revolutionary action? … Continue reading

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The English aren’t really royalists

Why was it necessary for the media to carry stories of the will of the Duke of Edinburgh being sealed for ninety years? As much as there was no public interest to be served in the details of the will … Continue reading

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