Category Archives: Current Affairs and Comment

Current Affairs and comment

Brexit’s Progress

Brexit’s Progress Stephen MacLean perceives the ‘End of the Beginning’ ‘MPs hand Theresa May the starting gun on Brexit’. That is how the Independent recorded last Wednesday’s ‘second reading’ in the UK House of Commons to permit the Conservative government … Continue reading

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Separatist Tendencies in Canada

Separatist Tendencies in Canada Second in a series by Mark Wegierski, marking the Sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation (A paper partially based on an English-language text that appeared in Polish translation under the title, “Tendencje separatystyczne w Kanadzie.” (“Separatist tendencies in Canada”) … Continue reading

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An Old Army in a New World Order

An Old Army in a New World Order Dr Frank Ellis crosses swords with Lord Dannatt Richard Dannatt, Boots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945, vii + pp. 360, Notes, no Bibliography, Illustrations, Index, Profile Books, London, … Continue reading

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Brian Mulroney and the Failure of Conservatism

Brian Mulroney and the Failure of Conservatism Mark Wegierski marks the Sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation (article 1) Brian Mulroney was one of the most disappointing Prime Ministers that Canada ever had. As leader of the federal Progressive Conservative party, Mulroney … Continue reading

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Labour’s Left Wing Bourbon

Labour’s Left Wing Bourbon Monty Skew reviews the new biography of Corbyn Comrade Corbyn: A very unlikely Coup: How Jeremy Corbyn Stormed to the Labour Leadership, Rosa Prince, Biteback Publishing, 2016, 1-84954-996-7 All MPs have to deal with the whips. … Continue reading

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Et in Bohemia ego

Et in Bohemia ego Bill Hartley, on the history of Hebden Bridge Hebden Bridge is a small and picturesque town in the upper Calder Valley of West Yorkshire. Before the industrial revolution the locals made their living through sheep farming, … Continue reading

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Why Trump Won

Why Trump Won LESLIE JONES identifies some of the reasons Ineffectual opposition In the primaries, Trump crushed and humiliated his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. Exit, in due course, all the remaining candidates; namely, “lying” Ted Cruz, “Bible high, … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Noble Savage

Reflections of a Noble Savage Gerry Dorrian goes cold turkey What is Wrong with US?: Essays in Cultural Pathology, Eric Coombes & Theodore Dalrymple (eds.), Imprint Academic, 2016, reviewed by Gerry Dorrian A drugs-worker in 2009, I posted Theodore Dalrymple’s Spectator … Continue reading

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Government is the Cause of “Brexit-Trump Syndrome”

 Government is the Cause of “Brexit-Trump Syndrome” Stephen Michael MacLean delivers some home truths The Powers that be never fail to demonstrate why they have earned the enmity of the average citizen. Bound up in a cocoon of self-satisfaction and self-denial, … Continue reading

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Polish Canadians, Searching for a Voice (Part 7)

Polish Canadians, Searching for a Voice (Part 7)  Sociologist Mark Wegierski continues his analysis Can an authentic, Polish-Canadian identity endure given the decline of the Polish language in Canada? In the statistics of the Canada Census over the last few … Continue reading

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