The new fundamentalism: Lux Politica Rectitudo

I suppose most thinking people would tend to agree that we now live in a largely secular world, in which folks who actively follow a religion are becoming a minority - certainly in the developed world. The religion that is practised in ‘the West’ is largely of a benign variety – very different from the …

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Clare Dimyon and breast screening: whatever happened to ‘patient choice’?

Ask any woman about going for a mammogram and she is likely to wince. These screening procedures are not pleasant, no matter what the situation. Try having your boobs painlessly squeezed and flattened into the scanner as you are manhandled by the operative. This can take several attempts and is often the most time-consuming section …

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BBC ‘impartiality’: the latest instalment

Well folks, here we go again. Just days after the BBC management caved in to the complaints of some well-known BAME shouters who did not like the fact that a ‘person of colour’ had been censured for breaching impartiality in her presenting role – Naga Munchetty – we get further evidence of the BBC’s version …

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UK democracy: a law of unintended consequences?

What we now apparently have in the UK is government by the courts. The ruling of the Supreme Court this week (24/9/19) has, in effect, ruled that we no longer have a constitutional monarchy and that courts can overturn the decisions of the government. According to the judgment handed down yesterday, the Queen’s Order in …

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Greta at the UN: right as rain, or snowed under?

Anyone watching Greta Thunberg’s latest exhortation dressing-down to the world at the UN (23 September 2019) in New York would be entirely right to be worried about her mental and emotional wellbeing. I’m sure I am not the only observer to have raised concerns about her vulnerability in recent months. What we saw on our …

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Greta Thunberg – eco-prodigy or vulnerable child?

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how so many of today’s children seem to be convinced that they are somehow superior to all generations who have come before them?  There is a sub-section of kids out there who are being manipulated by the media's obsession with human-made climate change, plus their parents and some teachers, into protesting …

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Losing your job because of your religious beliefs: some are clearly more equal than others?

Are you worried about people losing their jobs because of what they believe and say about it?  Maybe it doesn’t matter as long as it’s only Christians who lose their jobs after expressing their beliefs. Last month we saw the Australian rugby player Israel Folau sacked because he would not retract a social media post …

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School climate strikes: easy virtue in school hours

I see that virtue signalling has now spread to our school children.  Thousands are apparently so moved by the state of the planet that they have taken to striking from school on occasional Fridays. I wonder how many would turn up for a 9am climate strike on a Sunday morning instead of going to football? …

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