Essays & Opinion

The Tragedy of Great Stories

The Tragedy of Great Stories

One reason I began writing stories was because I felt unsatisfied with many of the stories I would read. When it comes to modern fiction, it often feels like the writer has an agenda which they are determined to hammer into my skull. Perhaps that just means I am out of keeping with the times…

On Defending Big Pay for BBC Celebrities

On Defending Big Pay for BBC Celebrities

There is no justice in the BBC harassing and intimidating millions of people in order to accommodate the overinflated egos of celebrities and the excessive wages they demand.

An Argument for Not Voting

An Argument for Not Voting

Democracy is not served by voters maintaining illusions whilst politicians insist on presenting poor choices.

On Confusing Science with Policy

On Confusing Science with Policy

Where is the evidence that marching for science leads to better policy? Has any scientist done the research, and if so, why did they forget to cite it?

Cambridge Uni Airbrushed Tim Farron’s Wine Glasses

Cambridge Uni Airbrushed Tim Farron’s Wine Glasses

Why would anybody go to the trouble of pretending the Leader of the Liberal Democrats did not stand in front of a shelf of empty wine glasses?

Why Liberals Should Defend Milo

Why Liberals Should Defend Milo

John Stuart Mill cogently argued that liberalism requires more than laws to protect free speech. Liberals must also guard against “the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.” That defensive principle must also be applied to a controversial antagonist like Milo Yiannopoulos.

Why Not Apply EU Wisdom to the Middle East?

Why Not Apply EU Wisdom to the Middle East?

If freedom of movement is a universal panacea, why not adopt it throughout the Middle East?

Forbidden Thoughts; or Why I Joined the Dark Side of Science Fiction

Forbidden Thoughts; or Why I Joined the Dark Side of Science Fiction

Forbidden Thoughts is a new science fiction anthology, full of stories that are politically incorrect. Two of the stories are by me, meaning I am in very bad company. But irrespective of the current locus of mainstream tastes and opinions, there will always be a need to present alternatives.

No More Leaders of the Free World

No More Leaders of the Free World

Some believe that Trump and Clinton are competing to be leaders of the free world. Outside of the USA, few will share that belief.

If Terror Has Nothing to Do with Islam…

If Terror Has Nothing to Do with Islam…

There is an oft-repeated rationalization that Muslim terrorists are not Muslims. The same hollow wordplay would be denounced if used to excuse rape, child abuse, racism or homophobia.