The Irish, The Brits, And The EU: Bordering On Insanity


Reading Time: 5 minutesIf you think about it, the two most controversial and painful aspects of the Brexit negotiations, up to now, both concern the notion of national borders, and who can or cannot cross them. Now, we have the whole of Northern Ireland, not knowing whether it will end up with a hard border, and where the […]

Charlie Hebdo And The True Value Of Freedom Of Expression 3 years later, Charlie Hebdo is still paying the price


Reading Time: 4 minutesHow much would you be willing to pay for the privilege to be able to open your mouth, and air your opinions? One Euro a day, or ten? Do you have a price limit, beyond which, it’s not worth the expense, and you will just shut up? Is being “priced out” of freedom of expression, […]

Brexit Musings (10) – A Happy BreXmas To You Too, Mrs May


Reading Time: 4 minutesNow Theresa – May I call you Theresa?  Thank you so much for your personal Christmas letter addressed to hundreds of thousands of poor innocent mugs like me, who couldn’t vote in a referendum that we never asked for. I hope you don’t  mind if I distort just a teeny-weeny little bit, your much thought […]

Citizens’ Rights Have Been Swept Under The Carpet Theresa May has lost out to the EU, but the EU has lost out to economics


Reading Time: 10 minutesWhereas 23rd June 2016 will be remembered as one of the blackest days of our lives, as EU citizens in the UK and Brits in the EU, the announcement of a last-minute agreement “securing” citizens’ rights, will probably rank as being “very dark grey”. Two things come to mind when analysing the outcome of this […]

Brexit Musings (3) – Welcome To Amsterdam Schiphol


Reading Time: 3 minutesWell, not much to chew on this week, concerning Brexit. However, I do have an idea: with the tenors of the UK political landscape out of the country for the summer, maybe it is time to close the borders – before they get back. Wishful thinking I know, but it’s a nice thought. There is […]

Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)


Reading Time: 5 minutesIndividualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more importantly, the world I live in is my representation and no-one else’s. For Donald Trump, […]

Brexit And EU Nationals (I) – The European Council’s Proposals

eu council

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe prospective deal that Theresa May offers EU citizens already living in the UK, is a minimalist view on an ideal world for EU nationals. Once again, she has failed to make a connection with ordinary people, this time with genuinely worried EU expats in the UK, and British expats living in the EU. Her […]

Taming The (Lone) Wolves

why does a terrorist act as a lone wolf

Reading Time: 5 minutesSaturday’s London terrorist attack affects us all deeply, whether we were directly involved, or watching it from a distance. I feel particularly saddened by the attack because it took place in a part of London that I’m so familiar with, having qualified at Guy’s Hospital, all those years ago. The attack is just the latest […]

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Reading Time: 5 minutesIslamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of life. They are trying to drive a wedge between the Islamic community, which they are […]

Am I Dreaming, Or Is Turkey About To Leave The EU?


Reading Time: 12 minutesIf I talked to you about a country that just had a dubiously run referendum, the result of which was so close, as to be invalid for such a huge constitutional change, you would probably be thinking of Turkey. If I then told you that the leader of this country will organise elections with the […]