Category Society & Sociology

BREXIT | A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT GETS IT RIGHT (FOR A CHANGE)


Simon Clarke is a Conservative MP: he was elected to Parliament just one year ago. He’s a 33 year-old solicitor. In Mr Clarke’s constituency, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland, two-thirds of the constituents voted for the UK to leave the European Union. In all of the arcane and invariably disingenuous waffle that the British political […]

BREXIT: ANOTHER COCK-UP


This blog’s been quiet for a wee while, as we say in Scotland, but Moraymint’s been watching the world, as intently as ever, continue its process of unravelling in keeping with the trend since the turn of the century. Economically, politically and socially we live in interesting times (understatement). For example, yesterday’s Brexit nonsense was […]

SOCIETY & SECURITY IN EUROPE


It’s hard not to conclude that something weird is going on in Europe and the European Union at the moment. Not yet reported by the BBC, but the Parliament of the Czech Republic has just voted to enshrine in its Constitution (subject to Senate approval) the right for its citizens to carry arms. It’s done this […]

FACEBOOK AND FRIENDSHIP


‘Friendship should be more than biting time can sever’ T S Eliot Interesting Times We live in febrile times – or interesting times as the Chinese proverb would have it. That said, some folk choose to take little or no interest in current affairs compared to others who (like me) do take an active interest […]

COUNTERING ISLAMIC TERRORISM – CHANGING ATTITUDE


Hope, Anger and Courage In a previous post on this subject I argued that if we were going to get serious about fighting the terrorist threat we now face, we needed to start with some form of societal change of attitude. Attitude is a settled way of feeling or thinking about something. In that same post, […]

MANCHESTER SLAUGHTER – TIME FOR A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE


The Attitude Problem When I was being trained as a young officer in the British armed forces, it was explained to me and my proteges that there were three elements to the process of training people; in our case, training people to take part in the conduct of warfare but, in fact, training people to do […]

ARTICLE 50: TODAY’S THE DAY


‘National sovereignty will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination’ Gerhard Schroder, Chancellor of Germany 1998 – 2005 Leaving the EU – Making it Legal For those of us who argued long and hard for the UK to relinquish its membership of the European Union, today is a momentous day. The British Government will […]

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