Vlad’s Army 2

Was it really such a bad idea to deprive Saddam of the power that Putin is now using to threaten us? In Two Cheers for Sir Tony, I revealed myself as a lonely, and rather reluctant champion of Tony Blair’s decision to join ‘Dubya’ in invading Iraq. My argument was (and is) that it didn’t […]

Covid Implosion

John Anderson interviews Dr Jay Bhattacharya & Gigi Foster For anyone who belongs to that fast-dwindling cohort of society who ever thought locking society down, and coercing people to take a ‘vaccine’ ‘to protect society’ was a terrific idea, this conversation between ex-Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson and Dr Jay Bhattacharya (Great Barrington Declaration) and […]

Gender reassignment

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it I’ve just had a gender reassignment. Well, two, actually. It’s been a busy day. I was having my car washed at Market Town, in Leichhardt. I’d neglected to go for a wee before I left home, but I figured, no problem, I’m going to a shopping mall, and […]

Climate of Dissent

I’ve just watched an excellent Uncommon Knowledge interview with the Danish-born statistician Bjorn Lomborg, best-known for his book ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’. I should declare at this stage that, although I’ve read a great deal else that he’s written, I haven’t actually read TSE. So far as I can tell, then, Lomborg believes both that the […]

Republicans – be careful what you wish for.

I’m a monarchist. I’m not a royalist. Royalists have the sentimental attachment to royalty which republicans insist is all there is to monarchism. Monarchists believe that the British Monarchy is the finest solution that has ever been devised to the problem of how to organise society along Utilitarianist lines, that is, in the interests of […]

WYSIWYG

Just because you CAN automate something, doesn’t mean you MUST. WYSIWYG stands for ‘What You See Is What You Get’. It was actually the name of a software language, but it had a brief and more colloquial coinage in the 80s, when Apple were giving the world the GUI (stands for ‘Graphical User Interface’), and […]

Don’t just do something, stand there!

God Save the King from the opinions of the Prince he was. ‘Don’t just do something, stand there!’ I first heard this witticism on the lips of Ronald Reagan. It’s a piece of valuable wisdom for anyone in a position of authority and responsibility. For a British monarch, it might well serve as a job […]

Excess deaths, not from Covid – who’da thunk it?

Apologies to Harrumpfers for my extended silence – my duties as a chorister in two intensive programs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Mahler’s Second Symphony and Brahms’ German Requiem have claimed much of my attention. I had hoped that the war in Ukraine would make good the hazard deficit that underlies the psychology of […]

John Anderson interviews Jonathan Sumption

John Anderson’s podcasts are always good value, and his interview with the distinguished British jurist Jonathan Sumption is no exception. Pity, then that Sumption should turn out to be a subscriber to the cult of anthropogenic global warming, describing it as a problem that needs supranational action. I sent Anderson the following: Tom Forrester-Paton Dear […]