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3. The Activist

In his younger days Pierre’s Tintinesque quiff had been quite famous. Now that his hair was markedly thinner it stood less proudly than it had done in its pomp. Nonetheless such as it was it was his and he was … Continue reading

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2. The Newsreader

Marianne ran her fingers through the tightly curled black hair that surrounded the perfect oval face she presented to the world and crossed one elegant leg over another. Like all newsreaders she was employed because of her intelligence, education, articulacy … Continue reading

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Tolerance & Indifference

  Tolerance is one of those words which have changed meaning over the course of the last half century or so. Formerly it essentially meant putting up with a thing which you didn’t really like but which getting rid off … Continue reading

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Plato, Kipling & Safe Spaces

(Trigger warning- this post mentions without condemning Rudyard Kipling, a Dead White Man) In one of his poems, The Disciple, Kipling wrote- HE THAT hath a Gospel To loose upon Mankind, Though he serve it utterly — Body, soul and … Continue reading

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Shangri La-sur-Loire

The chances are that you are reading this because you want to know what the odd title means. I will come to that presently but first I want to talk about cults. The word has acquired a sinister connotation in … Continue reading

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Trust Me, I’m a Politician

As the decades rolled by and I observed crisis succeed crisis I always resisted the temptation to run around yelling “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” Systems are more resilient and challenges less radical than their opponents and supporters … Continue reading

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Should the Old Obey the Young?

In debate on a variety of issues from LGBT rights through to UK membership of the European Union the final decisive argument is often that “the overwhelming majority of young people support it.” There are a couple of assumptions in … Continue reading

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