Monthly Archives: October 2018

Doctor Who and Trump

I don’t usually follow Doctor Who, but thought I would look into it now in order to see how its new female Dr Who is shaping up. I thought she was super. Last Sunday’s episode (series 11, episode 4) was up to … Continue reading

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Migrant Colonialism

Further to my recent post on ‘Immigration’ – https://bernardjporter.com/2018/10/15/immigration/ – another important distinction to draw in this context rests on whether the immigrants intend to merge into the societies they come in to, or whether – to put no finer point … Continue reading

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The Intellectualist Assumption

We academics like to believe that people do things for rational reasons. They may not be good reasons, or even remotely credible ones, but they will follow rationales  of their own. Someone has done something because….  His or her aim is…  … Continue reading

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Philip Green

Irrespective of the legality and morality of Peter Hain’s ‘outing’ of Sir Philip Green, under the protection of Parliamentary privilege, as an alleged sexual predator and racist, I’m delighted that he has  been outed, as he’s for a long time … Continue reading

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The Goon Show Mk II

As a boy in the fifties I was brought up on The Goon Show. It was a weekly radio comedy show, deliberately nonsensical and surrealist. (For those of tenderer years, here’s one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuVFFNvyUT8. There are many others – probably … Continue reading

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Bad Losers

The great national split over Brexit represents a number of things – very few of which have any essential connexion with Europe. I pointed this out even before the actual Referendum: https://bernardjporter.com/2016/06/20/this-dreadful-referendum/. People used the vote to express their dissatisfaction … Continue reading

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Brexit Spelling

Why is it that so many Brexiters can’t spell? Here’s an example (on Facebook): “…all the fault of remainers who wouldn’t get behind the boarder and put their showlda to the weel and make Brexit work.” You’d have thought that … Continue reading

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Brexit. The Upside

I’m trying to think of a positive side to Brexit, to put against all the negatives that are continuously bugging me, and even keeping me awake at night. It doesn’t help when I read – though I know I shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Poppies

Remembrance Day is looming, and it’s maybe worth reminding ourselves of what it should signify. Some people seem to think it’s a patriotic celebration of military victory. Of course it isn’t. The poppies we wear are supposed to remind us … Continue reading

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Immigration

Immigration covers a plethora of types, motives and processes. They’re often confused. The two main kinds, so far as present-day Britain is concerned, are economic immigrants and political refugees. Economic migrants come to Britain for better jobs, a better lifestyle, … Continue reading

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