40 years ago this week, a British military task force was steaming southwards to recapture the Falkland Islands. On the 2nd of April, Argentina’s fascist regime had invaded the distant and barren archipelago. Though almost 8,000 miles from London, the island’s inhabitants were British, and they had no desire to live under the junta ofContinue reading “The Falklands and Ukraine (12/04/2022)”
Formula One can make for a brilliant spectacle. Yet the franchise continues to provide credibility to oppressive regimes.
A brief look at two recent incidents concerning intolerance of free thought at universities, and why it’s all so worrying.
“What fear – the certainty of a dark and dread filled future – would compel you to grip the airframe of a jet as it roared skywards from the earth?”
“Conflicts cannot be won on a timetable. Especially not an American schedule. Their firepower is awesome, but their patience is pitiful.”
“The world does not become more stable when the US retreats. For all its faults, the founding code of the American Republic is the antithesis of tyranny. ‘Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’; these values are dictatorship’s kryptonite.”
“So far from being safe and orderly, at least seven Afghans were killed in the suffocating crushes which swelled around the airport gates.”
Note: Hopefully a version of this piece will be making its way on to The Oxford Blue website in the next few days. For readers of the blog, this is an early preview. ******** Last month, the Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in west Kabul was attacked. 85 people, most of them female students between theContinue reading “By Surrendering to the Taliban, America Has Betrayed the Afghan People (04/06/2021)”
Dear reader, welcome. I bring glad tidings. Do you remember that orange man across the sea? Yes, that one. Do you remember how he lost an election and then tried to overturn the result? You do? Oh good. He didn’t manage it in the end. His loss is our gain. Because it turns out thatContinue reading “SATIRE ALERT: The Student Union Presidency – A Parable of Wokeness – By Russel Alanbridger (08/04/2021)”
This afternoon the sexologist, neuroscientist and journalist Dr Debra Soh will speak at the Oxford Union. Her inclusion on this term’s roster of speakers caused quite the furore when the Union’s term card was announced. Soh’s scientific, and now journalistic career has centred on such fraught, controversial topics as gender identity, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria,Continue reading “Debra Soh deserves to be heard (19/02/2021)”