Napoleon’s Puppies Come Down From the Loft

It’s been fun learning over the past week or so that I am an extremist. I hadn’t previously considered myself to be one, but it’s now been pointed out so many times over the past few days, by certain young left-leaning folks, that I can no longer be in any doubt. In fact I assume that I, along with other like-minded people, must now just wait for the powers-that-be to start issuing little badges with the letter “E”, in order […]

Trump Hates Love and Love Hates Trump: A Tale of Post-Election Safe-Space Therapy

“You saying she’s been sitting there for over a week now?” asked Marcia. “Yeah,” replied Jake. “She just sits and stares at the wall. Occasionally she says something, but it’s usually incoherent. Eats a little. Cries maybe a couple of times an hour. Other than that, she just sits.” Rouge, his girlfriend, had been sitting on the floor of one of the university’s ten designated Safe-Space Areas ever since election night. The only time she had stood up was to […]

America Elects Man For Not Being Somebody Else; Mrs Clinton Enters History Books as the Worst President America Never Had — Repentance Urgently Needed

It was the best of elections; it was the worst of elections. A time of wisdom; and a time of foolishness. Okay, no wisdom. Lots of foolishness, I’ll grant you, but precious little in the way of sagacity. But now that the curtain has finally fallen on the Freak Show Masquerading as an Election, what do we see as we survey the landscape? It was the best of elections Mrs Hillary Clinton – probably the worst President America never had […]

Guest Post: Why I’m Exceptional & Indispensable – by Hillary Clinton

Following on from her recent piece for Time magazine, in which she so eloquently explained why America is indispensable and exceptional, TheBlogMire brings you an exclusive piece in which Mrs Clinton explains why an indispensable and exceptional nation must have an indispensable and exceptional leader. (Warning: May contain traces of satire) If there’s one core belief that has guided and inspired me every step of my career in public service, it’s this: I am an exceptional woman. A great, unselfish, […]

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton Now Starring in: The Basket of Deplorables — A Freak Show Masquerading as an Election

“As a connoisseur of human folly, I thought you impatient to be savouring these delights.” “Of some delights, I believe, sir, a little goes a long way.” Mr Bennet & Lizzie Bennet in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice   I can’t help but recall these lines whenever my thoughts turn to the freak show masquerading as an election, which is currently hurtling its way to its dramatic and awful conclusion somewhere across the Atlantic. Were the spectacle […]

Trident, Wimbledon & the General Election: How to Counter “Russian Aggression”

I must say it was jolly nice of the Russians to suspend their aggression during the UK General Election campaign. In the months running up to April this year, the BBC and other media outlets were awash with headlines involving the Russian threat. There was a Russian submarine just off the coast of Sweden (actually it turned out to be a fishing boat but you can’t be too carful these days); Russian bombers flying in international airspace, if you can believe that; Russian […]

A Tale of Two Elections Part 2: The Real Significance of the 1997 and 2015 Elections

In the first part of this piece, I put forward the theory that the generally accepted narrative of what happened at the 1997 United Kingdom election was wrong. That narrative had it that Labour — or New Labour — as they branded themselves, had abandoned “the Left”, and had moved to the “centre ground” where they took millions of votes off the Conservative Party. What I believe actually happened was this: Labour altered Clause 4 of their constitution which had committed them […]

A Tale of Two Elections Part 1: The Real Significance of the 1997 and 2015 Elections

The two most important British elections since the Second World War were the one held in 1997 and the one held just last week. However, it seems to me that the majority of people, including many political commentators, have not really grasped what happened in these elections. Actually, I would go as far as to say that most people tend to draw the opposite conclusions to the ones that ought to be drawn. The common belief is that in 1997, Labour won by […]

And the Winner is…The Personal Peace & Affluence Party

What to make of this extraordinary UK General Election result? I have to say that in one sense the result makes no difference to me whatsoever. As a Christian conservative I perfectly understood both before and after that there could be no good result in this election. Any combination of unCon/Lab/Lib or any of them gaining an overall majority — as actually happened — would see yet another anti-Christian, anti-conservative government in power. But what I find astonishing is that people actually went […]

General Election Blues

The excitement is almost killing me. Here we are on the day of the 2015 UK General Election, a vote in which some people wearing different coloured rosettes who agree on all the important issues of the day, but pretend they don’t, get to find out whether their particular method of bribing people to vote for them by promising lots of money they don’t have to do things that are the opposite of what is needed, has paid off. Does that sound unnecessarily sardonic? […]

Election Myths # 4: You Have a Moral Obligation to Vote Because People Gave Their Lives for Your Right to do so

This particular myth has more than a grain of truth about it, but that grain is then distorted out of all proportion. In Britain, people often point to the 1819 Peterloo massacre, in which 15 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured, as an example of people laying down their lives for the right to vote. But what actually happened? The 60,000 or so people that gathered together on the morning of 16th August 1819 St. Peter’s Field in […]

Electoral Myths # 3: Voting is Your Best Way of Changing Things

One of the most prevalent and demonstrably false myths is that voting is the best opportunity you have to change things. In reality, voting is just about the least effective ways of producing change – if change is what you want, that is. Unless you happen to live in a constituency which is balanced on a knife edge, voting changes nothing. And even in that situation, you are going to have to have a clear and unmistakable difference between the […]

Election Myths # 2: If You Don’t Vote, You Have no Right to Complain at What You Get

I think it was during a local election last year that this one was put to me. I’d opened the doorstep to find a somewhat hippy-looking chap trying to persuade me to vote for the Green Party. He went through the usual drill – “I hope I can count on your vote next Thursday” – to which I replied in the negative, and when he asked who I was going to vote for, I told him I wasn’t intending to […]

Election Myths # 1: Voting is a Duty

With just over two weeks to go until the UK General election, the delicious thought that the mind-numbingly tedious and patronising campaign will soon be at an end is beginning to warm my heart. Before it ends, I want to spend just a few short pieces looking at the issue of voting, or rather to take a look at some of the myths that persist about voting. It is not my intention to turn anyone off voting in these pieces. […]

It’s the Maths, Stupid!

I just finished watching a few minutes of the latest debate between the UK Party leaders in the mind-numbingly tedious spectacle known as the UK General Election campaign. Yes, I know I really ought to have better things to do with my time, and I have, but then again I thought that I ought to make at least a token effort to show some interest. Having watched those few minutes, I can now say I was fully justified in my previous policy of election-avoidance, […]