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Keir Starmer: an invitation to New Labour to justify themselves

Yesterday, I received a gushing email from Sarah Hayward and Keir Starmer, respectively leader of Camden Council and MP for the borough. They sought to elicit my support for Owen … Continue reading

16 August, 2016 · Leave a comment

Refuting Isis

A summary of Refuting Isis by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi January 2016: I’ve just finished reading this powerful piece by Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi, in which he issues a fatwa concerning the entity … Continue reading

15 January, 2016 · 12 Comments

Analysing The Guardian on Corbyn

Here is an article from today’s Guardian with my comments on the quality of the journalism interspersed throughout. It’s the usual poorly-written, unprincipled, right-wing trash one has come to expect … Continue reading

6 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to deal with the police

Nightjack’s advice on how to survive an encounter with the police if you’re a nice middle-class person.

3 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

Palestinians boot Blair

Blair mumps it up. Again.

3 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

On bombing Syria

I wrote to my MP, Keir Starmer, as follows: As a constituent and former soldier, I urge you strongly not to vote in favour of bombing Syria. Mr Cameron proposes … Continue reading

3 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Beggar and the Fat Man

An old rabbi, almost penniless himself, lived in a small town in Russia. If ever a beggar asked him for money, he would always oblige, even if it was only … Continue reading

9 September, 2015 · Leave a comment

A failure of politicians (so what’s new)

In April 2004 a group of very senior diplomats wrote to then-PM Tony Blair regarding the catastrophic US-UK adventures in the Middle East. I post it again now since it … Continue reading

25 April, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

There’s a good article here on the myth of AA and how it is rarely questioned in mainstream culture. Everyone thinks, “You’re an alcoholic, go to AA” but it’s a … Continue reading

20 March, 2015 · Leave a comment

Email from Iraq: Close protection in Baghdad

I thought that I would let you all know how things are going, what occurs and all that stuff. After flying into Jordan I was driven to a hotel (5 … Continue reading

16 February, 2015 · Leave a comment