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bds-frnce Britain Culture wars 

The greater danger is on the left

So who’s more dangerous for the Jews right now, the far-left or the far-right? After the violence at Charlottesville over the neo-Nazi rally, widespread fury was directed at President Donald Trump who was thought to have said the two were equivalent (which in fact he didn’t do). I certainly don’t believe they are equivalent. The left is currently much more dangerous, not only to Jews but to the west in general. You may need to lie down after reading that. For the prevalent Jewish view is that only far-right whites…

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nbh Britain Israel 

No trace of objectivity

The BBC Today programme has long been a shill for liberalising the drug laws. This morning’s edition, however, ran an item at 0810 which almost caused me to fall off my chair. The item was pegged to the collapse of the prosecution case against people accused of supplying nitrous oxide (the “laughing gas” used by dentists). This has called into question a law passed last year banning such so-called “legal highs” which are considered a loophole in the drug laws. All too predictably, the discussion was soon steered from this…

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inquisition Britain 

How Britain is committing suicide (again)

The Times (£) reports today that a white Christian child was taken from her family and forced to live with a niqab-wearing foster carer in a home where she was allegedly encouraged to learn Arabic. The story says that child was placed in not one but two Muslim foster homes, against the wishes of her family, by the London borough of Tower Hamlets. “In confidential local authority reports seen by The Times, a social services supervisor describes the child sobbing and begging not to be returned to the foster carer’s home…

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allegory-of-music Britain 

How music can bring order to tame the unruly

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers. Relations between estate residents and the police have been poor for decades. In 1985 rioting there resulted in the murder of PC Keith Blakelock; further rioting broke out in 2011 and spread around the country over the fatal shooting by police of Mark Duggan, an estate resident, in the course of an arrest. The suggestion that piping Mozart into Broadwater Farm…

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jackie-walker Britain USA 

Lionising the fringe elements

What happens to someone if they’re lynched? They’re set upon by a bunch of thugs and and murdered. Do you think someone who’s been lynched will then turn up on stage in their own show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? No, neither do I. Well here’s a strange thing then. Jackie Walker, who should have been thrown out of the Labour Party over vile remarks about Israel and the Jews but wasn’t thrown out after all, has been appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe in a one-woman show called The Lynching,…

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m-ars-and-venus Britain 

Sexism is squeezing men out of plum jobs

A male politician has said that men are better suited than women to fill top posts in society. This is because they possess the competitive drive that builds success and are less likely than women to feel the low self-worth that destroys achievement. OK, calm down, no male politician said that; I made it up. Obviously if a prominent man had said such a thing his heels wouldn’t have been seen for dust. Yet women have been making equivalent prejudicial remarks about men that are supposed to be not only…

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brexit Britain Europe 

A second note of eurorealism? Pass the smelling salts

I wrote here about Hans-Olaf Henkel, a senior German politician who is deputy head of the European Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee and who accused the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier of trying to punish Britain by making a deliberate “mess” of key elements of Brexit. This made a welcome change, to put it mildly, from the threats being made almost daily by those protection racket enforcers, aka EU negotiators, that they will pulverise Britain’s economy into rubble so that no other member state will dare even think…

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A cruel and ignorant campaign

The agonising case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old baby dying from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, is edging towards a no less agonising conclusion. Today, his parents agreed that he should be transferred from Great Ormond Street hospital in London (GOSH) to a hospice to spend there his final period of life. The hospice was a compromise. The parents have been fighting the plan for their baby’s end of life care just as they had fought the decision that he should no longer be kept alive. They wanted…

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william-and-harry Britain 

Emotional incontinence and the cult of Diana

Last night a tribute to Princess Diana was transmitted on ITV. The film showed that, 20 years after her death, Princes William and Harry are still grieving. It’s not just that, even now, they miss the mother so brutally snatched from them at such a young age. They are still forlornly trying to manage lives ripped apart by the breakdown of their parents’ marriage. This was all most deeply touching. We felt their pain. Yet wasn’t that exactly where the whole Diana thing spun out of control? To read my…

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