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  • Increasing Democracy at a Premium

    14 February 2011

    Is it an advancement of democracy if more facist movements are empowered by a political change? Nobody (apparently, except for a lot of people) wants to deny every one else their human and democratic rights. Everyone (so we are told by equally unelected...

  • What is Prime Minister's Questions all about?

    16 February 2011

    When one watches or listens to prime minister's questions one observes a spectacle during which the opposition contend that the government are doing nothing correct (other than expressing regret over military deaths) and simultaneously the government...

  • Mr Morpurgo, who is targeting Children?

    20 February 2011

    I have watched Mr Morpurgo's lecture about the 'rights of children' and the allegations and slurs he makes that children are purposely targeted in Gaza. He says their rights are flagrantly ignored. He seems to insinuate that it is the Israelis who are...

  • Colonel Gaddaffi and the Labour Voters

    04 March 2011

    The whole media watching community is focused on Colonel Gaddaffi's pathetic and yet damaging attempts at clinging on to his power. He is decried (probably quite accurately) as delusional in claiming the love and loyalty of the Libyan masses. The world...

  • European Doublethink

    14 March 2011

    If you criticize Islamists for what they actually do, you are anti-Muslim, but if you accuse Jews of what they never have done you are anti-Zionist.. Al Qaeda and other Islamist groupings make no bones about their ideology, aims or methodology. They wish...

  • Partiality

    31 March 2011

    This was on the BBC News website on: 27 March 2011 Last updated at 21:48 Israeli air strike kills two militants in northern Gaza An Israeli air strike has killed two militants in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian officials say. The Israeli...

  • Why look to sports stars for moral Guidance?

    08 April 2011

    Good old Wayne Rooney has just received a two game ban and a thirty thousand pound fine for swearing audibly as part of a televised post-goal celebration. Swearing is repulsive and reflects poorly on the one doing it. Everyone of his righteous critics...

  • Threatening the veil or veiling the threat?

    11 April 2011

    Women are now being arrested in France for wearing Hajib or Naqib in public. Apparently a woman can be fined for wearing these face concealing items and those who compel them to do so can be given a greater fine. Many among the tolerant Europeans find...

  • Has Bin Laden moved to a hotter climate?

    02 May 2011

    A lot of atheists (or at least one of the more vociferous ones) would argue that belief in God is the most dangerous of all beliefs. If God has sanctioned or commanded you to act then there can be no restraint on what you do.Since you are deluded by God's...

  • Cricket and Targeting Osama

    06 May 2011

    While many throughout the world are relieved that the man Bin Laden has gone to the fate of 72 mothers-in-law some commentators raise objections. Some question the morality and/or legality of the manner in which the man was killed and suggest that he...

  • Who should apologise?

    19 May 2011

    The English media seems to be obsessed with the need for apologies to be made by an infinite variety of alleged non-apologists. Yesterday a cabinet minister was forced, asked, told, demanded, condemned for comments made (allegedly) which were or may have...

  • Ethnicity and employment

    25 May 2011

    There are many things I do not understand. No doubt at the root of many of these matters is intellectual deficiency while personal bias and interest may also prevent full comprehension of many other ideas. One area where I feel the challenge to my already...

  • Tolerated Discrimination?

    19 June 2011

    Among the various forms of discrimination that modern Human Rights culture and law particularly emphasise as needing of zero tolerance is, so it would seem, the realm of sexual discrimination. Especially on the football fields and terraces, those former...

  • Is England a Christian Country?

    23 June 2011

    A non-expert in Christianity may stray in considering such a question. Christianity is a very diverse religion, or set of religions. Yet one theme a Rabbi may be familiar with is a Christian claim for the reason d’être of their religion. Judaism, Christianity...

  • Open letter to Indesit

    28 October 2011

    Indesit Repair Plain Your undated letter addressed to me titled ‘Restore your Peace of Mind’ and received by me in the past few days refers. I write this letter with much hesitation as past attempts to communicate with your so-called ‘customer services’...

  • Democracy, Safeguards and Hilary

    05 December 2011

    Mrs Clinton has apparently bemoaned the declining state of Israel’s democracy. One should be very reluctant to take issue with someone who even acknowledges that Israel IS a democracy in the first place. Israel is beleaguered by all manner of accusations...

  • Is Israel on the path to becoming another Iran?

    28 December 2011

    The current controversy over modesty in Beit Shemesh heralds the sounding of a rather anti-Semitic refrain, namely that the Ultra-orthodox want to turn Israel into another Iran. Even worse there are those who are said to perceive that growing ultra-orthodox...

  • Government Clampdowns

    12 February 2012

    Recently I saw a tweet from a government MP saying that the government was about to ‘clamp down’ on scrap metal theft. Now I personally am against scrap metal theft. It is also against my religion. Stealing anything has been taboo for my ancient and some...

  • Evanescent Goo

    20 February 2012

    There are many difficult philosophical questions that have troubled thinkers for millennia. It took thousands of years before Xeno’s paradox was solved. A body in motion has to get half way before it gets to its destination and therefore should always...

  • Thinking of Lisa

    14 March 2012

    Years ago at university certain students were subject to stereotyping. The typical engineering student wore shorts, a tee shirt, flip-flops and was not known for being articulate. Many were viewed as racist, beer drinking men. Drama students were understood...

  • The 10 Afflictions of the Egyptians

    05 April 2012

    When it was that we were slaves The Pharaohs worked us to our graves When Moshe asked for our release The burden instead he bade: ‘Increase!’ So Moshe said ‘I won’t be vague Let us out or get a plague.’ There formed a cloudy rouge miasma The waterway...

  • Integrity?

    15 May 2012

    My attention has been drawn to an op-ed that appeared in the Independent by a Yasmin-Alibhai-Brown. It is well critiqued by Simon Plosker of HonestReporting. ( http://honestreporting.com/ardent-zionists-v-enlightened-jews-an-assault-on-british-jewry/...

  • Capital Offence?

    21 May 2012

    The Press complaints commission has decided that it is correct to say that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel, not Jerusalem, and that the Guardian was correct to make a correction in these terms. The basis of the PCC’s decision seems to rest on the fact...

  • Myth of the Age

    31 May 2012

    An Oxford Professor has been reported as concluding that the term ‘Tudor’ is a misleading myth. The people we refer to as Tudors did not see themselves as Tudors. We use the term as one of convenience. Now I have not done research into much of history...

  • When News isn't News

    10 July 2012

    A certain publication has as its headline article the denouncement by several well known and vociferous individuals of the most surprising announcement, that the Chief Rabbi is against same sex marriages. It can be hardly unexpected that an orthodox rabbi...

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