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The Poor Will Always Be With Us

Fifty years doesn't seem like such a long time when you remember events like the Moon landing. Not to an old-timer anyway.…

‘Sofi’s’ Choice—Refugees and Sanctuary

It was 1877 and Rutherford B. Hayes had just become President. He did not get the most votes. He made deals with corrupt politicians. …

Why My Catch-22 is More of A Cat-22

by Neil Bamforth I’m being topical here don’t you know? George Clooney, among others, is currently starring in a TV version of that superb book by Joseph Heller, and superb…

There Will Be No More ‘Manholes’ In Berkeley, California

Words have power, or at least according to received (and heavily enforced) wisdom; and we need to strip the English language of gender specifics.…

An Englishman Wants BoJo To Be Prime Minister

Before you ask or, come to that, suggest it, I am not a Boris disciple. Well, not as such anyway. Disciples tend to have somewhat blind faith.…

Speak Against the Evil: Say Something, Do Something

I watched a tiny clip of that racist rally in NC last night. I saw the man many of my former friends voted for whip up murderous fury.…

Sailing to Byzantium—No Country for Old Men

You've probably read the story, or at least know about the guy who wakes up one morning as a giant, verminous insect, and his further adventures.…

An Englishman Wants to Know If Trump Is A Canny Racist

President Trump has told some women Democrats to 'go home where they came from', or something like that although I'm not absolutely sure.…

Is It Fake News Or A Matter of Perception?

If I had heard the term 'fake news' before Donald Trump came on the scene, I certainly don't remember it. Now, however, it's the language of the day.…

The Police and the Legacy of the ‘Punisher’

Earlier this morning, I was reading an article about how a police union in St. Louis was asking officers to adopt the Punisher skull as a symbol of solidarity.…

No Doubt You Are the People and Wisdom Will Die With You

I keep mulling over the question being asked by the new, young wokesters packed with moral certainty: doubt and Gluten-free. Can Joe Biden be forgiven?…

Vote Blue! Cheat If You Must, but Vote Blue

I'm a lifelong Democrat. I've voted the Party even when I've disagreed with it. I was a Hippie in the '70s, a Punk in the '80s, and a Liberal in…

Britain’s Ambassador To the US Resigns

Sir Kim Darroch - and no, I'd never heard of him - has resigned as British Ambassador to the USA after unflattering comments he made about Trump.…

Gazing Into My Crystal Ball

When I was a child, my family would often spend long weekends in a place called Blackpool, the place to go if you lived in England.…