What Is Racism?

The old racism and the new

The finest English novel of all time – George Orwell’s 1984 – deals at length with how the debasement of language helped to create an unfree society. Indeed, Orwell included an appendix to his novel called “The Principles of Newspeak.” Words are vitally important in a free, democratic society and the way some words have been twisted to mean something different to their original meaning can be very damaging. The most disturbing example of the way words have been twisted is “racism.” Continue reading “What Is Racism?”

George Osborne and the Foul Stench of Corruption Update

I must be on to something

I’m wondering what’s wrong in the world this morning. Owen Jones, the Guardian’s very own Islamist-apologist-in-chief, wrote this article on George Osborne’s many jobs and I found myself agreeing with him. Continue reading “George Osborne and the Foul Stench of Corruption Update”

Feminists for Islam Update #3

Mayim Bialik responds to Linda Sarsour

The phrase “Muslim feminist” has always amused me. The Koran is pretty clear on the subordinate place of women and it explicitly states that women only count as half a man in terms of testimony and inheritance. But, as I have repeatedly stated on this blog and elsewhere,  I have no right to stop any woman calling herself a feminist whilst she kowtows to the demands of misogynist clerics. It is not my business. Continue reading “Feminists for Islam Update #3”

George Osborne and the Foul Stench of Corruption

Another v-sign from an arrogant and complacent “elite”

I have never been a fan of George Osborne. I am aware that a lot of people dislike him for reasons of inverted snobbery and I’m afraid that is part of the reason I find Osborne difficult to stomach. It’s always best to be mindful of one’s own prejudices but Osborne’s antics since being unceremoniously booted out of the Treasury last year have confirmed my feelings about the arrogant, incompetent and, above all else, smug and complacent  “elite” who run Britain today. Continue reading “George Osborne and the Foul Stench of Corruption”

Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None

European Court ruling on the hijab

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a ban on the hijab in the workplace “can be legal” if it is done in the context of rules against religious or political clothing of all types. Some readers may think that I would support this ruling as I have railed against aggressive, authoritarian religion (and its deeply unpleasant political handmaiden, Islamism) on more than one occasion. Indeed, one of my main reasons for starting this blog was my disquiet about how conservative religionists are hijacking debate. But if I was to support this ruling, I would be no better than those pseudo-feminists who have jumped into bed with violent misogynists to oppose Donald Trump’s sexism. Continue reading “Equal Rights For All, Special Privileges For None”