The High Cost of Fatherhood Part 2

In the first part of this piece, I began by saying that whilst there is much said about the problem of fatherlessness in our society, especially amongst conservative commentators, a lot of what is said tends to focus on the quantitative side of things and not on the qualitative side. Having more fathers that begin and remain in the home throughout their children’s upbringing would certainly be better than the current situation of mass fatherlessness, but it is only part […]

Who Killed Dr Black?

The best thing about having a blog is that I get a free rein regarding contents. Below is something quite different from my ususal stuff — a little whodunnit piece I wrote for a magazine run by the children in my church. No prizes for guessing Who Killed Dr Black, but if you think you know the answer, feel free to let me know in the comments section.   I, Dr Edmund Black, am something of an enigma. To many, […]

The High Cost of Fatherhood Part 1

Below is the full version of my February piece for Samaritan Ministries International Sociologists and politicians on the right of the political spectrum often tell us that one of the biggest problems facing society is the lack of fathers. Very often they will present the problem merely in terms of sheer numbers and statistics: “The number of households where there is no father present from the child’s birth has risen from X to Y in 40 years”. “The number of […]

The Case of Alexander Litvinenko & Soviet Justice (“Probably”)

The inquiry and report into the death of Alexander Litvinenko shows just how far our standards of justice have fallen, and how we no longer appear to even understand the basics. In fact, our legal standards have now been so diluted that we are prepared to pronounce judgement on the basis of mere “probabilities”, rather than the time-honoured standard of “beyond reasonable doubt”. Some may wonder if I am about to defend the alleged killers of Mr Litvinenko, the FSB, […]

Buns in the Oven & The Mythical “Age of Viability”

Sally goes into her kitchen to make a batch of buns. She pulls out all the ingredients from her cupboards – eggs, sugar, flour, a pinch of salt, vanilla, baking soda, butter and sultanas – puts them all into a big bowl and mixes them up. She then tips the mixture into some greased tins, which she then pops it into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The recipe says to leave the buns in the oven for 25 minutes […]

The Perils of Terraced Housing & Soft Despotism

If you happen to have been employed as a dressmaker in the past, and you have children of school age, be careful when you tell them about your former occupation, and make doubly sure they know how to spell it. The word “ex-seamstress” might seem harmless enough, but in the hands of a child lacking in either understanding or good spelling, it could see you winding up as the victim of a dawn raid by the police. They’re on the […]

Ode to Hurt (or Why my Tolerant Nature Can’t Stand Your Opinions)

I’m hurting I am, and I want you to know, That the pain I am feeling, isn’t likely to go. I’m hurting I am, it’s your opinions you see, I just can’t accept them, I do not agree. D’you not pay attention, d’you not see the news? This post-modern world has no place for your views. They’re outdated, outmoded, outrageous no doubt, And lots, lots more words beginning with out. Reactionary, Dark Ages, Stone Age repression, And other assorted clichéd expressions. […]