Aging Scribblers

Aging Scribblers

There are many instances of novelists continuing to practise their art well after the appropriate faculties have failed. They re, I imagine, egged on by greedy agents, lazy publishers and pusillanimous editors, all of whom know that, at certain levels, it is names, not content that sell books, leading to...

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Truth, Education and Fairness

Truth, Education and Fairness

Anyone who is at university or was until recently must feel at least a little inclined to think warmly of Jeremy Corbyn – not just because he  wears a scraggy beard that makes him a natural target for monstering by the non-thinking media, and thus a man with whom they...

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Strong and Stable

Strong and Stable

Since June 8th, a large number of UK voters (including me) have been wandering around, dazed and confused, muttering to anyone who will listen, ‘Where the hell are we?’ We don’t really know; but we do know how we got here. David Cameron took up the metal-studded gauntlet thrown down...

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Alternative Truths

Alternative Truths

Unless you’ve just returned from a few months on a desert island without a radio or internet device, you must have caught at least a few snatches of the new American soap that’s gobbling up the ratings in Britain. This drama is less sophisticated than the West Wing or the...

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Who wants to be a billionaire?

Who wants to be a billionaire?

Peter Burden gives his monthly thoughts on the state of current affairs for KCW Today.  Those of the World’s population who like to apply a little intelligent analysis to current affairs were left deeply flummoxed by the extraordinary decision taken by the American electorate on November 8th. Their choice of...

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A Kafkaesque nightmare

A Kafkaesque nightmare

Since last June, I’ve felt as though I were immersed in a long, gloomy dream such as Franz Kafka might have relished. It’s as if, without warning, the nature of mankind has slipped back to an earlier time. When the dream started, I’d been living in a country which despite...

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Educational Inequality

A lot of personal characteristics create the differences between individual human beings. Some of these traits, depending on where we were born, may bestow advantage on those who possess them; others may be an existential handicap. Some are passed on by genetic inheritance; others by the cultural or sociological circumstances...

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