Transitioning to democracy with the usual lies

The UK has backed the US in supporting Juan Guaidó, head of the parliament in Venezuela, against the elected President Nicolás Maduro. Even if Maduro fixed the election it is a short-circuit to go from there to intervention – as we have now. Continue reading “Transitioning to democracy with the usual lies”

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Why tell lies Mr Harding?

There is plenty to criticise about Russia. Even if we take an intelligent approach and start from the position that Russia is a different country, with its own history and traditions and values, and criticism should take this into account, not simply be based on the expectation that Russia should automatically adopt all Western values and trends, even then there is still plenty to criticise about Russia. Continue reading “Why tell lies Mr Harding?”

Victims to the end

As readers of this blog will know I divide my news consumption time equally between the Guardian and RT.

Reading the Guardian is to read a never ending series of whinges about how women, black people, gays, and people confused about their gender are oppressed – implicitly if not explicitly by white middle-aged men. (Young white men present something of a conundrum for this ideology and their position in the scheme of things is obscure). Continue reading “Victims to the end”

The intolerance of the “tolerant”

I’m not going to go into this in any depth – do any systematic research. But I’ve noticed a spate of articles in the Guardian recently which are basically anti-men. It seems it is acceptable to make sweeping negative generalisations about “men” in a way that if they were made about women would be seen as the worst kind of sexism. (This is just one recent example – a badly written dissing of “older men” in general from someone who casually throws out as if it were entirely normal that she was “two-timing” two of her older men dates). This is just part of what is obviously a trend – another barrier has been overcome on the march towards liberation. Now “men” can be openly abused generically as a type and this is all fine.

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A day in Uxbridge, UK

I get on the bus from West Drayton to Uxbridge. Go upstairs. 4 young people; 2 boys and 2 girls. (Maybe 17-19 age range). 4 of them but they are taking up half the deck – spread out over several rows. One boy calls out to me that my shoelaces are undone as I come upstairs. No doubt I am supposed to look at my shoelaces and then look like an idiot because they are not undone. I don’t. Sit on the bus for half an hour, listening to this conversation – shouting at each other over several rows. They see a friend outside the bus. The two girls start banging loudly on the window. I reflect that it’s a good thing it is probably made of some kind of reinforced glass.

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