Presumed Consent and the BMA

I’ve discussed the idea of presumed consent for organ donation a number of times over at my place ever since the idea raised its ugly head. The debate inevitably polarises into two distinct camps. There are the utilitarians who argue –  with some…

Weekend musings from the mountains of Poland.

Rain is falling from the black clouds which obscure what should be the panoramic view of the Tatry Mountains as sometimes seen from our hotel balcony. Under the cloud and through the rain, everything is green, in stark contrast to…

A Call To Arms

. . When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another… a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the…

Are There At Least More Than We Thought, Then?

Bucko noted a few days ago that – in his experience – real ‘unprovoked attacks’ were very rare. However, two possibilities crop up on the same day in different papers: Michael and Matthew Rouzzie were returning from a local shop…

A Damascene conversion?

Peter Preston. the Guardian’s ex-editor and current columnist, decided that Amsterdam was just the place for an early Summer break. Perhaps he took the ‘Time Out’ guide with him. Perhaps like many middle-aged men with car-legs (thin, spindly, pale unmuscled…

The honoured dead

Wooton Basset became synonymous with honouring our war dead in two campaigns, whether you thought the wars legal or not there was something very touching about the honour that was given to our fallen, almost quintessentially English in form where…

Stop the bloody wailing

Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times (£) seems to be accusing Mark Pritchard MP of inconsistency at best or hypocrisy at worst. I have not read Lawson’s article but here’s ConHome’s Lawson quote: “I quote from The Sunday Telegraph of…

The Frankfurt School: An Alternative View

I originally posted this at my own place, but I”m putting it up here as well. The point of it is not to deny that our society has in many ways moved in the wrong direction, and that some have actively conspired to…

One in the eye for Russell T Davis

Dumb Jon exercises his lethal, laser-like conservative analysis this week about the diverse intergalactic world of the creator of the new, all-Frankfurt School Doctor Who. Say what you like about Russell T Davis, but at least his latest effusions are…

The (Tinted) Glass Ceiling…

Kwame Kwei-Armah, the actor and playwright, claims that there is a ‘glass ceiling’ for black actors in Britain. Really? Shame he said that just as ‘Luther’ returned to our screens… “There is a strong sense among black actors that there…