[1975] Labour’s Peter Shore on the EU – “The message that comes out is fear, fear, fear”

img_20180715_2127122026427228.jpgRemainers, look away. This man had the measure of your campaign decades ago.

This prophetic speech was made 43 years ago by a Labour – yes LABOUR – MP. The public didn’t listen to him then (or Tony Benn). Thankfully we did the 2nd time round. Hoping & praying we didn’t leave it too late.

(Incidentally, I don’t comprehend why Labour don’t preach the same message now, especially since I strongly suspect Corbyn believes it. They’d win a landslide. Any Labour supporters care to answer that one for me?)

IMDb: The Theory of Everything

Wow. WOW. What an incredible film. And possibly the most sublime acting performance I’ve ever seen (maybe Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man is on a par). Eddie Redmayne deserves every accolade going.

And I’m new-man enough to admit to getting moist eyes at points! Very challenging to see his wife’s fidelity to her Christian faith & her husband yet wrestle with the implications of “until death is do part”. Which in turn prompts some profound theological contemplation. Christ’s teaching about marriage and divorce are quite clear (IMHO!). Indeed, if people were bothered about divorce half as much as they are about same-sex marriage I’d probably be referred to as divorceophobic and reported for hate crimes! Yet seeing stories as moving as this it’s hard not to have your convictions challenged. Was divorce in this situation not the most compassionate – even loving – thing to do? Hmmm. No easy answers.

Anyhow. If you haven’t seen it, do!

The Theory of Everything

Government drops doctor who says gender given at birth

Firstly, we are not allowed to say what we believe. Secondly, as my case shows, we are not allowed to think what we believe. Finally, we are not allowed to defend what we believe.

And so another skilled professional with a wealth of experience is lost to the public service, because of some idiotic ideology. Hope he fights back.

(My own skirmish with reactionary, censorious ideologues is minor in comparison, but every inch we concede to them only emboldens them. Please consider helping me push back)


The diversity trap – or, why racism is always bad.

Sometimes well intentioned people (… and I’m going to be generous in assuming they are all well intentioned for I suspect some are not) make stupid mistakes.

One of the biggest of these mistakes is believing that the best way to help someone win at something they normally lose at is to let them play by a different set of rules.

Now if you’re a 6 year old playing football against your dad, the idea of being able to kick your dad in the shins, or hang off his neck whilst he runs, or being able to pick up the ball whenever your dad gets close, might all seem reasonable ways to beat him. And we can all empathise with how utterly demoralising it must be to be that child whose dad always plays to the best of his ability and makes no concessions, thrashing his son 36-nil.

But imagine if that child grew up thinking he could play by those rules for the rest of his life, that whenever someone beat him at anything then this was inherently “unfair” and he should therefore have rules that made things more favourable to him? Even most egocentric 6 year olds can see the shortcomings in that. Even most 6 year olds relish the accomplishment of scoring a genuine goal against their dad without any assistance from bent rules or a fake attempted save!

Yet that is what some (well intentioned) people advocate. Read on to discover why the idea of perpetually infantilising people based on the colour of their skin or their sex or their [insert perceived disadvantage here – everyone has one] is such a terrible idea for everyone.

What do you think?