Following the riots and some of the aftermath from Berlin cast a perspective that was both troubling and uplifting.
Troubling because the orgiastic delight in wanton destruction on display in London and elsewhere is echoed in the sadistic grins of Nazis tormenting Jews in the photographs in Berlin’s extensive network of Holocaust sites; both, notwithstanding the irony that Hitler’s stormtroopers would have seen themselves as biologically superior to many of 2011’s rioters, remind us of the fragility of our civilisation. Continue reading
For those of us hungry for something substantive in our contemporary fiction, Heartland, Anthony Cartwright’s second novel, elegantly crafts a deft lyrical realism that’s given shape by a tightly woven, elliptical narrative argues Wes Brown.
Like Don DeLillo’s classic Underworld – Cartwright, cubist-like, uses sport to draw together disparate strands of fragmentation:
“Beckham’s face filled the screen, filled the room. Rob had driven past the giant hoarding over the motorway a few weeks ago. He’d driven for miles, worrying about the game against the mosque and the election, worrying about his dad Continue reading
Kelly Brook’s “Lynx” adverts have prompted an unlikely debate after two Muslim youths were prosecuted for vandalising one such Lynx advert featuring Brook. Leaping into the debate are the cultural Philistines, fundamentalist Muslims and feminists: But it is the conservative response which is needed, writes Charles Brickdale.
Every now and then an event takes place on the fringes of the news which casts a helpful light on larger issues.
To reverse the message of Pieter Brueghel’s painting of Icarus’ death, Continue reading
The situation in Syria grows worse as the government massacres its own people during Ramadan. Why is Britain not intervening in Syria’s Arab Spring Revolution when she keenly humiliates herself in Libya? James Garry reports.
I oppose all wars that are not in the national interest and condemn them as a waste of life. The wars that Britain has fought in the last fifteen years – Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya – leave me perplexed. They are all liberal-interventionist wars. Wars waged by a nation Continue reading
The tragedy in Norway which threatens to besmirch the conservative cause. The tragedy must not be used by the Left and its Islamist allies to silence conservative and Christian dissent about multiculturalism and Islamisation, writes Charles Brickdale.
Among elements of the left and of the self-appointed Muslim leadership throughout Europe and the US a clear trend is emerging in response to Anders Breivik’s massacre of the innocents in Norway. Continue reading
Two of the most taboo subjects – class and race – are back on the agenda with two new books “Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class” and “The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class”. Wes Brown, novelist, blogger and political commentator, reviews this new brace of writings on white working class culture.
What do you call a chav in a suit? The accused. Two chavs in a car, no music on, who’s driving? The police. What’s the difference between a chav and a coconut? One’s thick and hairy, the other is a coconut. From salt of the earth to scum on the streets, the white working class are the minority group it’s OK to discriminate against, and, curiously, Continue reading
There is a persistent association between free-markets and the political right. James Garry challenges this orthodoxy and argues that free-markets help to continue the effects of the 1960s cultural revolution.
The Conservative Party is a left-wing party. As my Politics On Toast colleague ventilatorblues wrote earlier last week: there is no difference between the Tories and the left . Yet there are still people who refuse to admit, in spite of the Tories embracing of egalitarianism via the comprehensive school and waging liberal interventionist wars, that they are a party of the right. Continue reading