The spoilt brat complex.

It’s an experience we’ve all had; meeting a child who can only be described as a spoilt brat. Every kid has an off day when they’re just being angry and unreasonable and most parents cope with that situation in their stride until the kid returns to normal, whatever that might be for the particular child. The … Continue reading

On leadership, Brexit, Trump, the New Politics and what dreams may come.

I once saw a man deliberately putting himself in harm’s way. It was an incredibly courageous thing to do. I talked with him not long afterwards and he told me that sometimes when you’re the leader and everyone knows the situation is hopeless, you just have to damn well stand up and lead. It’s the only way … Continue reading

The Pratties 2016 – The race is on!

After a long run of political articles covering a few serious events, it’s time to get back to having a bit of fun, by which I mean running the Climate Prat of the Year competition. If you’re not familiar with the term prat, you can find a rough description of them here, which should be enough … Continue reading

The Despite and the Whinge words, and Jesus can they whinge.

Okay everyone, settle down, especially you bunch of Yanks at the back of the class. You’re looking too bloody smug and happy these last few days, and I’m afraid I’m that little dark cloud moving into position who’s going to be raining all over your parade. It’s best if you run away now – right now. … Continue reading

An analysis of the Trump election victory.

A few days ago, all the pundits and experts were telling the world that there was no way Trump could win and assuring us with 95% certainty that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Now, exactly the same bunch of media-savvy, televisual, every fang capped, not a harsh word of disagreement between the lot of them, … Continue reading

The American election of 2016.

“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.” That is the opening sentence of the introduction to the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and … Continue reading

Betrayal by those you once trusted.

If you’ve ever been inside electoral politics or have learnt to leave aside whatever doctrinal leanings you have and actually take a hard look at whatever candidate you fervently support, you soon realise that whatever the political stripe they are, they all share the common attribute of having a public persona and a private one. … Continue reading

I wouldn’t trust them with my security. Why should you?

In June 1943 in the middle of WWII, US Congressman Andrew May visited Pear Harbour for a top-secret briefing on how the naval battle in the Pacific was progressing. Part of the briefing was the disclosure that US submarine losses were very light because the Japanese didn’t know how deep US subs could actually dive, … Continue reading

The life, and death, of a party.

In a previous article, I discussed in general terms how a mainstream political party can die. There are always several contributing factors to this rare phenomenon, but the main one is that it becomes too inward looking and disconnected from both its power base of voters and too many of the representatives its voters have … Continue reading

A stay in hospital.

I’ve always been blessed with rude good health, which means I unthinkingly relied on it or in other words abused it. I’d never had a cramp until I was over fifty and I’ve never had a headache in my life. Sure, I’ve had the occasional bout of flu, a skin cancer souvenir of warmer climes … Continue reading

Angela’s Ashes.

The EU is now patently a failing project, and that event can largely be laid at the door of one person – Angela Merkel. A sequence of serious misjudgments on her part the first of which was having the arrogance to assume that the people of the member states would not notice its creeping transition … Continue reading

Talent and transferring it.

My wife is a very good cook with the added cross to bear of having had three sons all of whom have man-sized appetites for food and a hollow leg. Not an extra pound on them, but they all could really eat their own bodyweight on a daily basis if given free rein. That sorta stuff … Continue reading

About blogging.

I’ve always loved words. As a child, I listened to them and the ones that I liked, my lips silently shaped prounouncing them, though I’d no idea of what they meant. They have a colour and a taste for me and I suppose that’s what they mean about synesthesia nowadays, though I don’t see them … Continue reading

A political party in a death spiral.

The evil that men do lives after them, to quote Shakespeare. Ed Milliband, a rather indifferent British politician of what used to be the mainstream left-wing party, masterminded two disasters. The first was the global warming act and the second was the destruction of the Labour party. He was right in the modern politician profile, … Continue reading

To a child, a birth poem, from his grandfather.

  I held you in my arms a few days after your birth.   Five visitors all got to have a hold of you, And despite all the passing around, You never made strange.   Five day old eyes, The eyes of the ages, Squeezed open to see who held you, And then retired back … Continue reading

About fighting evil.

My woman is home and safe. She’s been off for the weekend with her posse to a music festival. It’s a women only group, there’s a whole bunch of them and it’d be a very brave man who’d get anywhere into the middle of that jaunt. They’re just having a great old time judging from … Continue reading

A cancer at the heart of left-wing politics.

This is one of those articles I never in my wildest dreams envisioned I’d be writing, especially in what I foolishly thought in my youth would obviously be the more enlightened and tolerant environment of the twenty-first century. It’s about people hating and wanting to exterminate Jews, but more appallingly about how more progressively that … Continue reading

The importance of playing.

“Uncle Pointy, never mind them, come and play with me.” She’s my niece and just crested five years old. I’m sitting around a picnic table in the garden with extended family after consuming a leisurely BBQ and having a good old gab in the sunshine which is splitting the trees, but she grabs my hand … Continue reading

Politics out of joint.

I wrote an article some time back entitled political parties can die. It was an opinion piece highlighting what was a trend I perceived about the electorate’s rejection almost worldwide of the post-war condition reflex of voters’ allegiance to one of the two traditional vanilla-flavoured parties irrespective of whatever democracy you lived in. In a nutshell, it was about the … Continue reading

Your brothers will come after them and make it right.

You’d done the biblically stupid thing of going in for an operator who’d put himself in the danger zone. No way you’d ever do that stoopid thing but you did it anywhy. You got him out but now you’re in a situation yourself. He got away and you’re the one who got nabbed. A hard row to … Continue reading