A nation where redemption equals a voucher

It was my 26th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday.  I feel of a mind to use capitals for those two words.  Spanish Constitution Day too.  Some more capitals. There’s a reason behind the day.  We thought we’d live the rest of…

So afraid of losing what you’ve got that you’ve given up fighting?

The Guardian published a story with the following headline and sub-heading on December 4th: Britain in 2020 – a vision of the future, from rutted roads to citizen cops How the country could look in six years’ time if spending…

A new word

We need another word to mean “conspiracy” – but well-meaning.  Our civilisation is a curious one: when we talk about terrorists, Communists or (on occasions) fascists, we’re happy to allow almost everybody to describe them in conspiratorial terms. But, keeping…

On defending a cruel establishment (for, maybe, we’re being unfair)

I’ve just been posting how I feel about our body politic.  It’s a carol for Christmas – #Xmas2014, though.  Not the normal, childhood, childlike Christmas of grand curiosity and discovery.  Not the winter-bound whiteness of fire-huddled kindnesses.  Something else. But…

Exactly why a secretive, undemocratic, surveillance state is wrong – and it’s not because of the surveillance

The following stories don’t half lend weight to my thesis. Firstly, the rather curious circumstances surrounding the Lee Rigby atrocity.  Secondly, the tale of the well-placed MI6-serving ex-diplomat and – ultimately – deputy of the service itself, who apparently managed…