Trust Me I’m A Politician

(An essay revised in January 2019) Politics is in the air just now. When is it not? I’ve been thinking of all the votes I’ve cast during my 85 years. Suddenly I found myself hunting up this list of dubious political statements, possibly to help my fellow voters make better judgements. So there we are.Continue reading “Trust Me I’m A Politician”

Tea Break From The Cricket

Poems Through A Glass Starkly   A Word On The Yellow Press That picture above of the Yellow Kid is linked to the reason we have the current term “Yellow Press.” The cartoon character was the creation of Richard Fenton Outcault who was working in the 1890s in the United States for the extremely racistContinue reading “Tea Break From The Cricket”

Words are crucial; so study and protect them.

Words. Loaded pistols said Sartre. Powerful drugs said Kipling. Yes, the true meanings of words seem to vary in these recent times.  So-called “truth” constantly needs further investigation. This little piece of fiction plays around with that idea. Dr Yorec Veil Doctor Veil is a former citizen of Elysium, in the Land Of Two Rivers.Continue reading “Words are crucial; so study and protect them.”

On Testing English

Words are loaded pistols according to J P Sartre. You certainly can shoot yourself in the foot with those unruly, dangerous little things. Some political power-seekers are showing  prodigious naivety when they claim a one-off test of English skills will be a valid and reliable measure of acceptability for new citizenship. This Fallacy of the Crucial Experiment, theContinue reading “On Testing English”