Pots and kettles

Should I fear for the United States or fear for the world? Hilary Rodam Clinton is probably likely to become the next President of the world’s most powerful nation. She brings with her all the ugly baggage of a career politician. Such is the stuff that the voters despise, but the voters of the United States have to choose between the fire and the frying pan, an unsavoury unhealthy choice. Continue reading

Take it Back, folks

“We’re going to take our country back, folks” is the rhetoric of Donald Trump, a candidate for the Presidential election which will take place in the USA in November. Mr Trump has all the appeal of a Benito Mussolini – smug, self-satisfied, and somewhat fat in his mind, assuring the American people that they will not be swamped by foreigners and that all foreigners will be treated harshly and in some cases without justice.

As the new American Mussolini talks so his audience cheers, and the audience cheers in the same way, I imagine, that audiences years ago cheered lynchings.

All of Mr Trump’s supporters favour taking their country back, but they do not delve too deeply into what taking their country back means, for if they did they would return the country to the indigenous peoples from whom they stole it, just a few hundred years ago.

A Calm Day in London

It is a calm day in London but elsewhere in the world there is much turbulence. In South Carolina, Continue reading

Don’t Take Your Bribes in Dollars

In most countries bribery is a crime; it is a criminal act on the part of the person who gives the bribe and on the part of the person who receives the bribe. In a few nations bribery is not a crime, but an accepted part of business dealings. There can be issues where someone who lives in a country where bribery is not a crime is bribed by someone who lives where bribery is a crime. One person can be punished and the other person can not be punished unless…. Continue reading

Separate and Equal Station

When the United States declared its independence from Britain in 1776 those colonies (as they were then) sought to “assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them”. In other words they sought to be an nation (or perhaps as States a number of nations) which would be equal to other nations.   Continue reading

The Right to be Ill and the Right to be Shot

It is odd that there are many people in the United States of America who think that health care should not be provided by the state for the poorest people who need it and that the state has no business in raising taxes to pay for a national health service whereas in the United Kingdom the politicians during this present general election campaign are vying with each other to promise a better and more expensive National Health Service paid out of taxes. Continue reading