“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

It was over 100 years ago that the remarkable and multi-talented playwright, novelist, poet and critic, Oscar Wilde, uttered the brilliant caustic observation above in relation to those who participated in the ‘sport’ of fox hunting https://www.radicalteatowel.co.uk/blog/oscar-wilde-fox-hunting-and-gross-indecency/ . He was indeed an Irishman of courage, wit and wisdom born way ahead of his time in relation to love, homosexuality and the injustices of inherited privilege. He is a treasure trove of profound quips worthy of detailed examination but his beautiful take-down of the fox hunting brigade is precise and impeccably appropriate. Another genius in the field of words and the […]

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There is no democratic mandate for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ – But there is a clear democratic mandate for IndyRef2

According to my new 2019 diary it is only the 15th of January today yet according to the mood music from Westminster and the new resignation letters from the Tory Whips office https://www.rt.com/uk/448774-mp-gareth-johnson-resigns/ we are already in the last few days of May… Rejoice I say. Theresa May is a serial liar and a heartless Conservative deserving of the title ‘Malevolent May’ and therefore well suited to lead the Tory Party. She has been finished as a credible Prime Minister since her disastrous General Election result in June 2017. She entered that contest after ruling it out on scores of […]

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Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Exactly two years ago today, January 11th 2016, my wee world was turned upside down. It was a pretty unspectacular Wednesday. The night before was wild with strong winds and rain. We have a glass globe light fixed to the outside side wall of our house. It had been there since we moved into the house in 2016. It had never blown off during those sixteen years of occupancy. On the night of Tuesday 10th January into the early hours of the 11th of January it blew off the wall and smashed to smithereens on the stone path below. After […]

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Alex Salmond Wins the First Skirmish in the Political Witch-hunt against Him

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck chances are it is a duck. Now replace duck with witch-hunt and you have the essence of the ‘sexual harassment’ case against Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond. On the back of incredible lashings of tabloid and broadcast media coverage almost five months ago, beginning on 24th August 2018, we were invited via sensational headlines, loaded paragraphs and ‘leaked’ details to conclude that Alex Salmond was a sexual predator guilty of instances of sexual harassment that were worthy of a criminal investigation https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/alex-salmond-reported-cops-over-13129661 and informed […]

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FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

My first column of the New Year 2019 was delayed by a combination of gastronomic illness, the details of which are entirely inappropriate to share, and my wife Gail’s birthday. So even although today is the 6th day of January I will still take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year ahead and offer hope that your dreams and aspirations are realised. Remember always that basic human kindness and compassion towards others costs us nothing but yet is priceless. Judging people by the size of their hearts, depth of their integrity and sincerity of their […]

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