Anonymity.


Some people have this innocent assumption that anything they say or do on the internet is untraceable, because they’re using an invented name or handle, and that combined with a second email address not in their real name means all rules of common civility can be abandoned. They say things on the internet they’d never … Continue reading

The Autumn offensive for the mid-terms begins.


Over the last year, it’s become obvious there is a coordinated campaign to de-platform any and all conservative voices from all the big social media platforms. By social media I mean Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and I’ve no doubt Google is in on the act as well. The intention is to exclude any narrative other … Continue reading

The rule of law.


There’s a pseudo-modern day idea that as long as you hate someone else’s politics enough, you can be free to physically molest and attack them. In some instances, most specifically antifa, the police have obviously been instructed to allow it and in fact to turn a blind eye to it happening. It’s only a matter … Continue reading

Turd level educashun.


There’s been this huge push across most western democracies to get as many young people into third level education, or college or university or whatever you want to call it. It’s been mainly a political promise – your boy or girl, every single one of them, can emerge in three years clasping that magic piece … Continue reading

Helsinki.


I’ve been reading the mainstream media’s coverage of the recent meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki with growing astonishment. Even in an age of Trump Derangement Syndrome, I’ve never before seen such infantile, juvenile and venomous coverage of a summit between two world leaders. Watching the press conference, it was only the Russian journalists … Continue reading

Seeing a friend out.


I once had a friend. He and his wife and family had moved in a few doors down. Our youngest sons went to the same junior school, babies really. Anyway, the annual BBQ in May came around and it was the usual dissolute business. Always invite all the neighbours, that way it blunts any possible … Continue reading

The new barbarians.


As an ever so clued up young adult, there was this “what if” game we used to play. It had lots of variations; the most common being if you were holding a dinner party, which five other people you could pick out of history would you like around the dinner table? It was always an … Continue reading

Mixing business and politics.


My father always had what would be called an entrepreneurial streak these days. Given that he was born at the start of the last century, we’re not talking high-tech startups here, but rather knowing he was the youngest son and therefore wouldn’t be inheriting the modest farmstead they’d all been brought up on, he got … Continue reading

On Willie Sutton, Liberty Valance and Donald Trump.


A longtime contributor to this blog and a good friend, Blackswan, asked me a question recently. Why did I mainly blog about American politics when I live in Europe? As usual, a trenchant thought from that source. My answer came down to something similar to what the American bank robber Willie Sutton allegedly replied to … Continue reading

Europe in crisis and the new politics.


I wrote an article some years back, the main thrust of which, was that unless establishment politics evolved away from its pervasive liberal sentiments, then the rise of very old-fashioned conservative parties was inevitable. This would happen because electorates would become alienated from the established parties of both the right and left, whose unpopular policies … Continue reading

Trade wars.


There’s a way in politics of appearing to say yes, when what you’re actually thinking is there’s no way will you let that happen. It’s a combination of techniques; prevarication, filibustering, devil in the detail tedious scrutiny of the terms of the deal you’re supposed to be all up for making and of course some … Continue reading

It ain’t what you don’t know …


One of my favourite movies is a slightly obscure Western called the Long Riders, which I can recommend highly. It’s a pretty accurate history of the James-Younger gang which probably didn’t reach the fame it should have because of a lack of PR investment at the time it came out, but if you’re a fan … Continue reading

About the November mid-terms.


In the year and a half since he was elected, Trump has delivered big time on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. On the former; unemployment is plunging month on month, wages for the low-paid worker are rising for the first time in twenty years, black and Hispanic unemployment is at never before seen … Continue reading

There will be blood.


I’ve been a blogger for a number of years, and have occasionally been asked why I do it by the few people who know that I do, or can connect me to the Pointman persona I habitually blog under. I always give them the same answer; I want my voice to be heard because so … Continue reading

If we don’t keep those blacks on the plantation, we’re finished.


If you play the politics of colour, a hopelessly biased media has only one slant on it, and that is supposed to be the only approved one as well. If you aren’t white, you have to vote left-wing to escape your victimhood, otherwise you’re Uncle Tomming, and if you’re white and haven’t been guilt tripped … Continue reading

The incurable condition of parenthood.


This year my youngest son attempted to run the London marathon again. It was his second go at it. The first one two years ago ended as I dreaded it would. Love him though I do, and dearly, he’s not a graceful athlete, none of them are because they took no interest in playing sports … Continue reading

Who’s actually running this game?


I’ve said on previous occasions that although Trump habitually likes to seize the initiative in surprising ways when confronted by problems, he’s actually more of a long-term planner. He understands that some problems have a quick fire tactical solution, but other problems have what can only be called inertia. They need patience and can’t be … Continue reading

Bad moves.


There is not a bad situation that can’t be made worse by reacting to it without thinking first. It’s a mistake that’s invariably made by people and organisations that are already under pressure. It’s usually geometric too. As a reaction to the first poor response making the situation worse, a second bad decision is made … Continue reading

The convergence of fake news and entertainment.


A long time ago when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there was news and there was entertainment; and never the twain would meet. The print newspaper business was already suffering from the encroachment of radio and then television. It takes some time to write a news story, get it typeset, printed, distributed and finally into Joe … Continue reading

The end of the happy time.


In 1940 after the fall of France in WWII, German U-boats were very quickly redeployed from the northern and only coast of Germany, to the west coast of France. Suddenly, their range was increased so dramatically, they could strike out deep into the Atlantic. For the next six months, they sank nearly 300 merchant ships … Continue reading