The Fourth Lie: Britain Decides 2017

The Fourth Lie     ‘There are three kinds of lie: lies, damned lies, and statistics’ –Mark Twain, Chapters from My Autobiography, 1906 [Oft attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli]   I One facet of English socio-political life which I sincerely detest is its hypocritical civility. Of all the forms and types of democracy … Continue reading

The Stormy Present: Trump and the Advent of post-Presidential Politics

The Stormy Present   “The office neither elevates nor degrades a man. What it does is provide a stage upon which all his personality traits are magnified and accentuated.” -George Reedy, President Johnson’s press secretary on the nature of the US Presidency ‘Don’t you dare call me Dick. I am the president of the United … Continue reading

For Nights Like These…

With fond memories of- B.   I Which, he exhaled, with that mock Weariness which becomes those who Have a firm grasp of their field of expertise; Would explain the unusually warm weather.   Hands, gnarled like the bracken which Was burning atop the heap of smouldering peat before them, Lifted a briar pipe to … Continue reading

The American Stench: Trump’s election win and the return to Realpolitick

​                                     Morning of November 9th By the early hours of the morning of Wednesday November 9th  2016, the people of the United States of America made good on a promise to the world that, if at all possible, … Continue reading

Back to a Place Called Hope: How Hillary Wins after Winning in 2016

I   “I’m not sitting here, some little woman, standing by my man like Tammy Wynette..” -Hillary Rodham Clinton, CBS 60 Minutes, 1992   About six years ago, when moving from Manchester to the West -Midlands, I came across some rather psychologically revealing doodles in a school exercise book, of the type you only unearth when … Continue reading

The Power of a Glance and Nod: Black History Month as Black Future

‘If you ever forget you’re a Jew, a gentile will remind you.’ –from a story by Bernard Malmud I Often times the easiest way to explain an experience is to do so in relation to how others react to the state of affairs that cause that experience to manifest itself in the first place. So … Continue reading

The ‘Good Guy’ Candidate: How Trump Wins in 2016

I It has to be said, I prefer bagels to burgers. That is to say if I had to place myself on the American political map it would be safely in the liberal-left New York/New England wing as oppose to the fries & shake culture of the centre-right West Coast, the baby-back rib conservatism of … Continue reading

In Defence of Cocktails in Jam Jars (and teacups)

For just shy of a century, the world’s most technologically advanced and cosmopolitan cities have made a real art form of using the hours between 17:00 and 19:30 for activities completely removed from getting home as fast as possibly after a hard day’s work. In fact let me rephrase that: never has it been so … Continue reading

Words I Cannot Say To My Father

This essay is first and foremost dedicated to all the fatherless, motherless, those from broken homes, and all who feel the sickening weight of unrealistic societal expectations of human family; that, and to those friends (and boringly curious Facebook users) who wish to ‘know’ me, further than the often superficial. It isn’t a treatise, or … Continue reading

The Love That Must Now Speak Its Name

An [important] prefatory note   In the first instance I feel my only qualification for writing on the matter of the shootings in Orlando is that I am someone who supports the right of a community of love, trying to experience the joys of that love, to exist without let or hindrance. As long as … Continue reading