The Two Rs

What was it that the late Douglas Adams said about writing?

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

I think it’s fair to say that Adams was being a tad facetious when he committed those words to paper, or at the very least, mischievous. If, as the ancient proverb suggests, only Nixon can go to China, then it also stands to reason that…

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

From 22nd February to 28th February, a diverse range of UK-based activist groups presided over the twelfth annual Israeli Apartheid Week. On university campuses and in town squares across the country, students, trade unionists, and fellow travellers gathered to demonstrate, discuss, and proselytise with the aim of “[building support] for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.” The following week saw…

Realism and Restraint

Most questionable ideas begin their life in a pub, and this website is no exception.

A few days after the House of Commons voted to authorise airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, I found myself in a beer garden with four friends I’ve known since high school. They’re a diverse bunch—a man of God, a nurse, a civil servant, a charity worker—and owing to that fact the first few pints went down easily. We talked about the things that long-separated acquaintances usually talk about—our spouses, our kids, our shared past, our uncertain futures, and so on. But as the empty glasses piled-up…