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Democracy makes us Dumb

Democracy makes us Dumb by Ilana Mercer From the riffs of outrage coming from the Democrats and their demos over “our democracy” betrayed, infiltrated even destroyed—you’d never know that a rich vein of thinking in opposition to democracy runs through … Continue reading

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Canadian Thanksgiving, 2019

Canadian Thanksgiving, 2019 Mark Wegierski dissects Canada’s prosperity  Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. Canada is certainly a country which has been blessed with great material bounty. However, in these troubled times, some somber reflections seem appropriate. … Continue reading

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Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale Don Pasquale, dramma buffo in three acts, music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti, conducted by Evelino Pidò, directed by Damiano Michieletto, Royal Opera, Monday 14th October 2019, reviewed by Leslie Jones In director … Continue reading

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Homeless in Seattle, Part 2

Homeless in Seattle, Part 2 Ilana Mercer shows how high-tech sucks the soul from the city Trust the late Anthony Bourdain, the Kerouac of cooking, to blurt out the truth when nobody else would. Following his Jack Kerouac wanderlust, Bourdain had … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers Lansdowne; The Last Great Whig, Simon Kerry, Unicorn, 398pp, 2017, ISBN  978-1-910787-95-3, reviewed by Angela Ellis-Jones This biography of Lord Lansdowne, one of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain’s most distinguished people, is written by the subject’s … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, October 2019

ENDNOTES, October 2019 Stuart Millson reviews Bach in Kent and a new Berlioz recording from Toronto Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – dating from 1741 – is a work often referred to as one of the greatest achievements in all … Continue reading

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Homeless in Seattle, Part 1

Homeless in Seattle, Part 1 by Ilana Mercer To expatiate on the subject of homelessness in Seattle, Tucker Carlson regularly invites on his Fox News show a Republican liberal who broadcasts out of Seattle. Aside from a pastiche of liberal ideas, … Continue reading

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They Shall not Pass

They Shall not Pass Bill Hartley reconnoitres Trump’s wall Periodically there are stories on television about President Trump’s plan to fence off the US-Mexico border. These are often illustrated by aerial shots of migrants trekking across country or of groups … Continue reading

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Review of Agrippina

Review of Agrippina Dramma per musica in three acts, music by George Frideric Handel, libretto attributed to Vincenzo Grimani, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, directed by Barrie Kosky, Royal Opera, Monday 23rd September 2019, reviewed by … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal for a Referendum Act

A Modest Proposal for a Referendum Act by Monty Skew The democratic  system is broken. Parliament was prorogued and that has now been deemed unlawful after legal arguments to reverse it were accepted in a process which will create yet more … Continue reading

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