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The plague conspiracy

Your columnist is currently reading a novel (The Thief Taker by C S Quinn) that is set during the Great Plague of London. The Great Plague should not be confused with The Black Death, some three centuries earlier. The Black Death was a Europe-wide outbreak of bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic plagues (variations on the same […]

Conservative MP Douglas Carswell Defects To The U.K. Independence Party

And they’re off!

And they’re off. It’s a four-horse race and a startling pace has been set. An exciting young horse has taken an early lead. The remaining runners are virtually indistinguishable in their appearance. Their jockeys can only really be differentiated by the colour of their rosettes. They look fatigued. Bringing up the rear is an unashamed […]

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The EU. Time for reflection?

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a Czech broadsheet ‘The Prague Post’ about the impending Schengen policy that was due to come into effect for all invited EU members. This legislation ostensibly allowed the citizens of its members to freely move across national borders with an ID card effective as valid documentation […]

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The Supreme Court votes “present”

The Supreme Court is not to hear appeals against lower court rulings that laws prohibiting same sex marriage are unconstitutional. The laws which have been struck down, therefore, remain struck down and the matter becomes settled law in those states, and in other states covered by the same circuit courts of appeal. The majority of […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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A Plague on Both Your Houses

How we describe anything has a crucial impact on how we think – and are able to think. Language may allow thought but also provides a straitjacket in which it is confined. Politics continues routinely to be described and analysed in terms of left and right, over two hundred years after these terms began to […]

Supreme Court Justices Pose For "Class Photo"

The Supreme Court votes “present”

The Supreme Court is not to hear appeals against lower court rulings that laws prohibiting same sex marriage are unconstitutional. The laws which have been struck down, therefore, remain struck down and the matter becomes settled law in those states, and in other states covered by the same circuit courts of appeal. The majority of […]

Conservative MP Douglas Carswell Defects To The U.K. Independence Party

And they’re off!

And they’re off. It’s a four-horse race and a startling pace has been set. An exciting young horse has taken an early lead. The remaining runners are virtually indistinguishable in their appearance. Their jockeys can only really be differentiated by the colour of their rosettes. They look fatigued. Bringing up the rear is an unashamed […]

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