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Caliban the wild man

Caliban the wild man

Man in the state of nature is the commonplace of Enlightenment thought, and the man who makes the chasm dividing philosophies to this day.  He is ...
Top people are people too

Top people are people too

There is nothing I can write to better Sarah Vine’s heartfelt piece in the Mail this morning on the sundering of personal friendships by the ...
It’s not about Europe

It’s not about Europe

To the European readers of this blog. you will have been puzzled over the last three and a half years about what is going on in the political ...
Challenging the challenges

Challenging the challenges

Judicial review is not meant to happen: officials make decisions because the law says they can, so the law only has a place in enforcing those ...
Vive L’Empereur?

Vive L’Empereur?

Thanks to Guido for this snippet from the Liberal Democrat conference, in which Guy Verhofstadt takes the stand for that political party (hardly a ...
Turbulent parliamentarians; the Cromwell approach

Turbulent parliamentarians; the Cromwell approach

His way was to get the supreme power conferred upon him by Parliament. Therefore he called a Parliament, and gave it the supreme power, to the end ...
Counter-cheque Quarrelsome

Counter-cheque Quarrelsome

If one word of public discourse curdles in the ear it is ‘lie’.  It is a lazy word and ironically a dishonest one.  It is a word issued ...
Cromwell and the parliaments

Cromwell and the parliaments

The year 1642 is seared on the consciousness as Parliament squares of against the government, bur 1653 should be too.  Certain comfortable ...