Thanks, Mr. Trump

Great wisdom has been shown by President Trump in attacking the Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawk missiles in the early hours of this morning. A strong response was urgently required after the fifth use of illegal gas warfare by warring Syria. The President’s speedy but proportionate response, following advanced warnings to minimize loss of life, … More Thanks, Mr. Trump

To love is to live

Love Actually is the big-screen attempt to show how various colourful lives live with love. Last night, courtesy of Comic Relief, we laughed and sighed to see how the film’s original characters are surviving half a generation on. Personally, I could watch Love Actually again (and perhaps again), yet still feel it could be better. … More To love is to live

The BIG Question

“When am I going?” the no-nonsense Lancashire lad asked from his hospital bed. “Home?” I offered, buying time. His stare sharpened. No escape. This octogenarian wanted the blunt truth: when am I going to die? The doctor had just left it at “Cancer, Mr. French”* The family had subsequently waltzed around every subject they could … More The BIG Question

The Day we Revolted

Growing up as a World War child, I sensed we’d all had enough of dictators. Our way was a democracy of the majority and no dictator was going to change that. Minorities, especially of one, were very firmly in the minority and for those belonging to the low-percent of such-and-such an inclination: tough. The clamor … More The Day we Revolted

Gays, Bishops and Love

I was sacked as columnist three years ago. The deputy editor said a few of his readers didn’t like what I had written one week – supporting traditional marriage while gently suggesting that society think twice before legalizing same-sex marriage. I suggested that freedom of expression and the Press surely allowed this. He sounded embarrassed, … More Gays, Bishops and Love

A New Kind of Loving

I was sacked as columnist three years ago. The deputy editor said a few of his readers didn’t like what I had written one week – supporting traditional marriage while gently suggesting that society think twice before legalizing same-sex marriage. I suggested that freedom of expression and the Press surely allowed this. He sounded embarrassed, … More A New Kind of Loving