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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To retrace our steps to the air of heaven… From Virgil.  The Sybil warns Aeneas to think carefully before he journeys to the underworld – The way downward is easy from Avernus Black Dis’s door stands open night and day Bu to retrace...

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Daniel Hannan, Adam Smith and Mrs Thatcher

My friend Robert has sent me an article by Daniel Hannan (Brexit for the thinking man Hannan) called ‘From Adam Smith onwards classical liberals have known that capitalism makes people less selfish”. You could have fooled me.  It comes with a...

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Three centuries and still no jam today

Adam Smith, Daniel Hannan and Mrs Thatcher   My friend Robert has sent me an article by Daniel Hannan (Brexit for the thinking man Hannan) called ‘From Adam Smith onwards classical liberals have known that capitalism makes people less selfish”. You could have...

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Jacob Rees-Mogg versus the skylark

Many leave voters voted for Brexit because they looked back to an idyllic Britain the Spitfires defended in 1940 - the green fields and country lanes, the verges crammed with wild flowers and the hedges full of singing birds...

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