Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

In the previous installment of Preston Dirge’s office saga, he revealed that he is a father – to a drunk and sleeping Valerie. Now we move on to the next day at work, and Tina, who arrives early…

Primeminister Complains to God Over Middle East Policy

Primeminister Complains to God Over Middle East Policy

Last week, the Bishop of Leeds sent a letter to David Cameron, complaining about some of his policies toward the Middle East. That made me think about who the British Primeminister should lobby, when he is dissatisfied with the strategy pursued in the Middle East…

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Our society exaggerates the threat of violence, whilst ignoring the violence that people inflict on themselves. Suicide is an epidemic, and it disproportionately kills men. Here are the stats that prove it, and a call to abandon our passive tolerance of the quietest killer, in favour of active political engagement.

Criado-Perez Bogus Abuse Claim Deleted by New Statesman

Criado-Perez Bogus Abuse Claim Deleted by New Statesman

Today can we celebrate a partial victory for truth, but the battle is not over. Two weeks ago, I wrote how feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez cited a made-up statistic about domestic abuse in an article for the New Statesman’s website. She stated that British women are suffering an ‘epidemic’ of…

Krugman on Cars; an economist knows nought of people

Krugman on Cars; an economist knows nought of people

I enjoy reading the New York Times blog of economist Paul Krugman. I imagine the thrill is similar to that enjoyed by a bloodthirsty crowd of Romans, watching gladiators fight in the Colosseum. When reading Krugman, I know there will [...]

Did Caroline Criado-Perez Deliberately Exaggerate Abuse?

Did Caroline Criado-Perez Deliberately Exaggerate Abuse?

Caroline Criado-Perez describes herself as a journalist, though she is famous as a feminist campaigner. Did she intentionally violate the ethical code of journalists, by citing a bogus statistic about domestic violence?

Stories & Skits

Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

Preston Dirges and the Hero’s Secret

In the previous installment of Preston Dirge’s office saga, he revealed that he is a father – to a drunk and sleeping Valerie. Now we move on to the next day at work, and Tina, who arrives early…

Poems

The Long Song

The Long Song

I sing to myself,
When nobody’s listening.
I sing of my hopes and my fears and of dreams and escapes and of planets unknown and of people I’m missing…

Essays & Opinion

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Suicide: A Genuine Epidemic of Violence

Our society exaggerates the threat of violence, whilst ignoring the violence that people inflict on themselves. Suicide is an epidemic, and it disproportionately kills men. Here are the stats that prove it, and a call to abandon our passive tolerance of the quietest killer, in favour of active political engagement.

Audio

A Visit from St. Away

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all round the flat, Not a creature was present, not even the cat. Most were out shopping, loading bags full of crap; There was no time for lazing, nor having a nap. The children [...]