I Simply Don’t Care

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Australia is currently in the midst of a row about the legalisation of same sex marriage. The ruling Liberal-National coalition government has a very small majority in the House of Representatives and no majority at all in the Senate.  The coalition has a number of MPs and Senators who are vehemently opposed to same sex marriage. The opposition Labor (yes, I know) party are strongly in favour of legalising same sex marriage and are using this issue to cause splits in the government. Same sex marriage has dominated the news and political debate for what seems like months. And my considered opinion on this issue is, who gives a damn? Continue reading “I Simply Don’t Care”

Joyless, Angry, Judgemental

Freedom of speech is not in anyone’s gift

I will admit to being a fairly cynical person. Anyone who reads this blog will know I’m pretty sure that those who rule us are determined to keep their privileged positions in our society by whatever means necessary. I studied History at undergraduate level and as a postgraduate and have taught the subject for a quarter of a century. I am unpersuaded by the Whig interpretation that sees History as progress towards democracy and liberalism. I like Marxist methodology and some Marxist economics but, again, I am not persuaded that History will culminate in some classless society. Still less am I convinced by the eschatological delusions of the various Abrahamic religions. However, compared to some of the cynicism I read online, I am a wild optimist of the Professor Pangloss variety. Continue reading “Joyless, Angry, Judgemental”

Is Anyone Else Bored of This? Update

She was dull and talentless even when alive

In my original post about the media frenzy that continues to surround the proto-Kardashian Diana Spencer, I made a comment that she was always in the Daily Express and the Daily Mail, two bottom-feeding UK newspapers. I did not expect the Guardian to jump on the bandwagon, publishing this pile of tosh from Jonathan Freedland, one of the most Establishment writers in that nest of Establishment shills. But the reason I’ve posted the link is because I would encourage people to read the comments at the bottom of the article to find out what the public really thinks about the ridiculous Spencer woman. But in one way I agree with Freedland – Spencer did help shape modern Britain, a place where talent and ability are secondary to narcissism and ubiquity. Oh, and by the way Freedland, some of us were embarrassed by the emotional incontinence that followed Spencer’s death at the time.

Quote of the Day #19

Sam Harris

“These people are part of what Maajid Nawaz has termed the “regressive Left” – pseudo-liberals who are so blinded by identity politics that they reliably take the side of the backward mob over one of its victims. Rather than protect individual women, apostates, intellectuals, cartoonists, novelists and true liberals from the intolerance of religious imbeciles, they protect theocrats from criticism.” Continue reading “Quote of the Day #19”

Is Anyone Else Bored Of This?

She was dull and talentless even when alive

Apparently we are living in a “second golden age of television.” It’s true that there is a great deal of choice these days – pay TV, Apple TV, numerous streaming services – and the choices available make the poll tax levied to fund the BBC even more anachronistic than it was when I was a child. It’s also true that there are a lot of great television shows; I’ve always loved The Simpsons and Game of Thrones is excellent – the sixth and seventh series (when did television series become “seasons”?) have been of a particularly high standard. But, let’s face it, most television channels are filled with absolute dross and reality TV seems to be taking over. Baking a cake on the telly, watching people doing DIY, putting a bunch of narcissists on an island and hoping they have sex – this is not my idea of entertainment. Reality TV has spawned whole legions of people who are simply famous for being famous. When scrolling through a news website the other day I saw an advertisement for the new series of Celebrity Big Brother – I recognised one of the contestants because he used to have a minor role in EastEnders. Apparently, it is enough to appear on one reality TV show to qualify as a “celebrity” for another show. This is a longwinded introduction to my real topic – the refusal of some elements of the UK media to allow the proto-Kardashian, the original talentless celebrity, famous for wearing clothes, to fade into well-deserved obscurity. I refer of course to Diana Spencer, erstwhile Princess of Wales. Continue reading “Is Anyone Else Bored Of This?”

Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update

Ideas that cannot stand scrutiny are bad ideas

Richard Dawkins doesn’t need me to protect him, as I tried to do in this post. He has many supporters and is more than capable of protecting himself. Here is a link to his own website where he responds to the libelous criticisms that have been leveled at him by the radio station KPFA.  The key point Dawkins raises in his open letter to KPFA…

“I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticise Christianity but not Islam?”

cuts to the heart of the mad alliance between people who loudly proclaim their liberalism, progressivism and left-wing credentials with the far right fascists, misogynists, homophobes and anti-Semites of the Islamist movement. Continue reading “Freedom Of Speech Is Not Blasphemy Update”