Monthly Archives: June 2017

Mr 50%

Sadiq Khan has condemned the London Bridge attack as ‘deliberate and cowardly’.

Well, it was plainly deliberate. But cowardly? I do not think so. The perpetrators must surely have known that there was a very real risk that they would be killed. And they were. Cruel? Yes. Irrational? Yes. Deplorable? Yes. Cowardly? No.  So Mr Khan is only 50% right.

Sadiq Khan is not the only one who has been talking pious nonsense about this. Several statements have been made to the effect that these terrorists are out of line with Islam. Well, actually, they are Continue reading

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Recap

CrosswordThis weekend’s Times Crossword was unusually easy.

Except 1 down. What has “recap” got to do with playing-fields? I cannot see it, for the life of me. It fits. But it is right?

Anyway, if you send it in before Wednesday night, you might find out. Or even win £20. But only if you live in Great Britain.

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Enda Term

EndaSo. Enda Kelly has stepped down from the top job in Ireland.

Enda is a curious name. Like Elimy, Calima, Enealor etc, it does look like a typo. Continue reading

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Herd Instinct

The world establishment is going apoplectic about Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Accord. Even normally-moderate news channels are broadcasting lectures instead of reporting news, scarcely able to contain their rage. It is as though a country in the Arab Middle East said it did not believe in Islam any more.

There are other views, of course.

Trump is not an ideal POTUS, but it would take a genius to be wrong about absolutely everything. And anyway, it Continue reading

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