Open Message to all British Expats: I am willing to fight for the UK to remain in the EU……. ARE YOU?

This is an open message to ALL British EU expats living outside the UK.               If you have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years, you have had to endure the lies and injustice of the referendum campaign in the UK, without being able to cast your […]

Jean-Paul Sartre Part II: This is the Last Call for EU Passengers to and from the UK: “All Change Please and Mind the Gap.”

In my last post, I was very briefly trying to say that politicians must be very careful with “tinkering” with basic human rights such as freedom of movement. I feel particularly shocked and angered that the UK government is ready to use UK expats such as myself as a bargaining chip in their negotiations with […]

Jean-Paul Sartre Part I: “Mister Humphries, Are You Free?”

One of my favourite television series of the 70’s was the BBC’s “Are you being served?” Yes, I admit it, the humour wasn’t very refined, but at least you were guaranteed a good laugh. “Cheap jokes” I hear you say? Wait a minute, hidden in the “double entendres” was one of the most important philosophical […]

Voltaire: “Dieu que je t’aime…moi non plus.”

  Article in French in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France Article en Français à la mémoire des victimes de l’attentat de Nice, France (English version: see previous post)       Un des défis philosophiques actuels le plus important est celui de l’intolérance, et, en particulier, l’intolérance religieuse.   Une […]

Voltaire: “My God Hates You, but I don’t.”

One of the most important philosophical challenges we are facing today is that of intolerance, particularly religious intolerance. Last night’s atrocities in France remind us all of how far these intolerant lunatics are prepared to go.   One of the possible explanations of why believers react so violently when challenged, is a phenomenon known as […]

Socrates: Have we Asked the Right Question?

The UK voters were asked a simple question that, in my view, required a complicated answer. The reaction and political chaos after the referendum result underlines the fact that the wrong question was posed.     Let me take an example from the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was renowned for his wisdom but according to […]

Jules Ferry: European Ideals in South Kensington

I visited London in 2012 just before the London Olympics. There was a dental meeting that interested me and I couldn’t resist the temptation to see my hometown again for the first time in more than a decade.     I was educated at the French school in South Kensington. The Lycée Français de Londres […]

Brexit Vote: “I’m Sorry Mister Fawlty”

The UK politicians are currently “in a pickle”, to put it mildly. It is, in the eyes of many observers, the biggest political crisis in the UK since the war. It is also, in my view, a philosophical crisis.     The UK voters have expressed a preference and the incoming government has to abide […]

Hannah Arendt Part II – “The Banality of Evil” – The UK Referendum on Europe

 Now the dust has settled a little on the referendum result that many observers did not foresee. Of course we still have to clear up the dust to see the extent of the damage, if any, the UK voters have caused both in their own country and in Europe. I really hope both sides win […]

Hannah Arendt Part I: The Lasting Effect of “The Banality of Evil” – a football match

The last time that I was so angry and sad was in the summer of 1982. On the same day that I qualified as a dentist, France was playing West Germany in the World Cup semi-finals in Spain. Maybe you remember that match. For me it was one of the best football matches that I […]