The hell on earth we are preparing for our children

Dear Reverend  Every Vicar,   Perhaps you have remarked the striking parallels between the dire warnings that the climate scientists are giving us and the descriptions of the last times that we read in the synoptic gospels.  I am writing to...

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An Unhappy Accident

An Unhappy Accident.   Richard Dawkins’  ‘The Selfish Gene’ was published in 1976 and Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979.  Unfortunately, the way the book was often interpreted played into the hands of Mrs Thatcher’s doctrine that economic self-serving behaviour...

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Could we ever see Category 6?

Climatologists use five types to categorize hurricanes running from 1 to 5, 5 being the most severe. A 5 is defined as a hurricane that is anything above 157 mph.  Last year Hurricane Patricia reached 215 mph which is a...

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No matter how many others go naked

The trouble with capitalism is that it has no sense of original sin, a kind of basic moral obtuseness that underlies so much of what we do.  No, the invisible hand is not the hand of God as Adam...

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Whatever that means

Subsidiarity is the doctrine that decisions should be taken at the lowest level of authority possible, a teaching especially espoused by two institutions that practise it least, the EU and the Vatican.  But then in politics when did anything...

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Ye colors are in ye light

One of the first iconic experiments  in science was Newton’s shining light through a prism.  He sported his oak at Cambridge (for it is not concordant with the honour of an ancient university to use so banal a phrase...

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A great artist at the height of his powers

In the wake of Jimmy Anderson’s record breaking 564 test wickets he was described by Alastair Cook as England’s greatest ever cricketer.  We may doubt that in any case incommensurable comparison.  To start with more test matches are played...

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So disappointed by feminism

I’m so disappointed by feminism.  I had thought that surely if women had more power there would be a saner, more rational, a less selfish and more caring world.  But women in public life are proving themselves to be...

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As for that idiot Noah…

What would you do if all the prophets were telling you there is a great flood coming but then in the last ten years more oil has been discovered in the Permian basin in Texas than there is in...

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Vegan or Not?

There is no question that we should all be eating less meat.  Or is it better to eat no meat? The greatest  advantage of being a vegan is that it takes much less land to feed a vegan than...

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