Welcome to this small corner the title of which was not chosen merely for cosmetic purpose nor as salutation and acknowledgement. Now more than ever there is a need to have an edge in our voice. We need to throw off the chains of false equivalencies which are used as rationale for bad policy; bad government and useless ideology. Now more than ever we must find our way out from sloth offered as virtue, from virtue offered as shield, from shield as cover for villains and villainy.
Do not let anyone tell you that there are no villains or that the very concept is childish or naive-they... Read More
We survive in a time where our children have very little hope for their future. And they know it. The statistics for a young black male reaching old age is tremendously hostile, living among a system that seems to be struggling against him in favor of his death. In the eyes of black children, the world has declared war on them, they stand perplexed and fashionably confused. Young boys of color acknowledge that merely taking a stroll to the corner store may cost them their lives, or land them in jail for the duration of their existence, being a black child in America means too often tried and... Read More
My grandfather, my father’s father, attended Eton College before the Second World War, leaving there for Sandhurst when he was seventeen. During his time at school he got to know M. R. James, who was provost until his death in the summer of 1936. Grandfather was among the successive waves of boys that James introduced to the tingly delights of the ghost story, a genre in which the old master excelled, writing some of the best tales in the English language. He learned to love the ghost story from James just as I was later to learn to love the ghost story from him.
Montague Rhodes James,... Read More
I wrote recently about the atrocious case of Stafford Hospital, a place where hundreds of patients are now thought to have died needlessly as a result of mismanagement, negligence and incompetence. Mismanagement, negligence and incompetence seem to have become the three wicked fairies haunting the state-funded British National Health Service. The scandal caused by their malevolent magic is now all but impossible to disguise.
The attempt has been made, though. The rot here goes high; it goes high as Sir David Nicholson, the former communist who is now Chief Executive of the National... Read More
In 1946 George Orwell published How the Poor Die, an horrific account of his experience in a French public hospital in the late 1920s. In this he drew the following conclusion;
In the public wards of hospitals you see horrors that you don't seem to meet with among people who manage to die in their own homes, as though certain diseases only attacked people at the lower income levels. But it is a fact that you would not in any English hospitals see some of the things I saw in the Hôpital X. This business of dying like animals, for instance, with nobody interested, the death not even noticed... Read More
Here’s a game for you. I’m going to give you two passages from longer texts and I want you to guess where they came from. Sorry, there are no prizes for the right answer. Anyway, this is the first;
For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn't even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world... Read More
A day or two before the conclusion of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, a devil’s bargain that presaged the onset of the Second World War, the writer George Orwell had a dream. I imagine lots of other people had the same dream at the same time, one clearly born of acute anxiety. Of his particular dream Orwell later wrote:What I knew in my dream that night was that the long drilling in patriotism which the middle classes go through had done its work, and that once England was in a serious jam it would be impossible for me to sabotage. It was his intention, if he could, to fight; he no longer wished... Read More
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