Essays & Opinion

Why Even Pretend to Be Honest?

Why Even Pretend to Be Honest?

We are so wrapped in our own deceit that we can no longer even admit it to ourselves.

Gender Neutral Pronouns for Our Readers, Not Our Writers

Gender Neutral Pronouns for Our Readers, Not Our Writers

If publishers of teen magazines and lawyers for civil rights bodies really wanted to change our language for the better then it would help if they actually followed the new rules they tell others to adopt.

Brexit Means Mass Starvation (or Something Like That)

Brexit Means Mass Starvation (or Something Like That)

The Observer’s restaurant critic has an opinion about international supply chains. It is as trivial as you might imagine.

#FlushLush: The Tax, Pay and Profiteering Vices of a Virtue-Signalling Cosmetics Business

#FlushLush: The Tax, Pay and Profiteering Vices of a Virtue-Signalling Cosmetics Business

They get fined for not paying their taxes, they broke the law on dividend payments and their top director enjoys an enormously excessive pay package, but Lush is a luxury cosmetics empire that thinks justice requires them to engage in crude and divisive political campaigning to the detriment of thousands of public servants.

Goodbye to Sci Phi Journal et al.

Goodbye to Sci Phi Journal et al.

Sometimes it is easiest to thank people without letting them know.

Brexit and Social Mobility

Brexit and Social Mobility

New research on social mobility is suggestive of a relationship with voting behaviour in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

News Broadcasting Is Dying; Embrace the Narrowcast

News Broadcasting Is Dying; Embrace the Narrowcast

BBC journalist Nick Robinson argues for more alternative opinions to be broadcast, but the best way to encourage alternatives is through many narrowcasters, not one broadcaster pretending to be all things to all people.

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.