I Simply Don’t Care

Negative rights for all

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”

I Know Nothing About Politics

UK election result

I know nothing about politics. I predicted a win for Remain in the referendum on EU membership. I thought Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump in the US presidential election. And I believed that Marine Le Pen would win more than 40% of the vote in the second round of the French presidential election. Clearly, I was wrong about all of these elections just as I was wrong to predict a big majority for Theresa May in the general election on Thursday. I’m still going to have a go at predicting what happens next though (spoiler alert – chaos). Continue reading “I Know Nothing About Politics”

Jeremy Corbyn Is Right!

Never thought I would write those words

I am not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn. He reminds me too much of the sneering pseudo-leftists I met at university. You know the type, came straight to university from thirteen years of private education, picked up a couple of second-hand books by Lenin and think they understand the plight of the workers because they once helped the nanny with the washing up. I am well aware that this is reverse snobbery but at the same time it is a perfect description of Emily “people vote for Theresa May because they like her hair” Thornberry who is at once the stupidest and most arrogant person in British politics. Quite a feat when Diane Abbott and Tony Blair are still around. Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn Is Right!”

Britain’s Biggest Racist?

No, not him!

The word “racism” has become ubiquitous in recent decades. To deny the reality of racism would be to inhabit a paranoid world where the Kennedy Assassination is still unsolved, climate change is a Zionist plot and Kim Kardashian is an attractive, talented woman. I grew up in a country where black footballers were routinely subjected to monkey chants, where alleged comedians used racial slurs on primetime television and even cartoons used stereotypical images of black people to get cheap laughs. I believe that most people would not tolerant such things today. But as real racism has declined, accusations of racism have increased. Continue reading “Britain’s Biggest Racist?”

A Corrupt and Arrogant Establishment

Time to abolish the House of Lords

I dislike identity politics. And by “dislike” I mean frothing-at-the-mouth, tinfoil-hat-wearing hatred. The faux-left in the UK and elsewhere seems absolutely obsessed with dividing the population into ever smaller categories and with Orwellian newspeak to distinguish those categories. Just today  I came across a new term – “transmisogyny” – in an article in the Independent that seeks to justify curtailing the right to freedom of speech. I have quoted sources as varied as Malcolm X and Tom Watson (a nineteenth century US Congressman) to back up my argument that the only people who gain from this division of society into mutually-antagonistic tribes are the rich. The apostles of identity politics, most of whom are minted (it’s easy to care about the toileting arrangements of transgender battery hens when you don’t have to worry about the rent), are distracting people (deliberately?) from the ongoing class war of the rich against everyone else. Such is the background to the ongoing scandal of the House of Lords. Continue reading “A Corrupt and Arrogant Establishment”

The BBC and “Fake News”

Time to end the licence fee

For most of my life I have been indifferent to the BBC. Beyond a low key resentment at being forced to pay the TV licence I never really considered the BBC’s existence, it was simply there. However, in the last few years, my feelings towards the BBC have become increasingly hostile and I believe it is time to end the poll tax that funds this absurd organisation. Continue reading “The BBC and “Fake News””