How Much Is That DUPpy In The Window? – The Dutch Want One Too

Dutch elections

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even from this side of the North Sea, it’s pretty obvious that, after the elections, Theresa May bought herself and her party 10 Democratic Union Party votes, costing 150 million quid a piece, in order to survive the Queen’s speech and get “back to work”. The question that must now be asked is if Theresa […]

Taming The (Lone) Wolves

why does a terrorist act as a lone wolf

Reading Time: 5 minutes Saturday’s London terrorist attack affects us all deeply, whether we were directly involved, or watching it from a distance. I feel particularly saddened by the attack because it took place in a part of London that I’m so familiar with, having qualified at Guy’s Hospital, all those years ago. The attack is just the latest […]

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Reading Time: 5 minutes Islamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of life. They are trying to drive a wedge between the Islamic community, which they are […]

Tolerance In The Attic

Reading Time: 6 minutes If ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

French Presidential Debate: Much Ado About Nothing

Reading Time: 6 minutes From time to time, there is such a build-up to a mid-week football match, that you cannot wait for the Wednesday night. The build-up to this week’s French presidential debate promised a night of high drama, philosophical insights and antipodal ideologies. Instead, I was forced to watch the debate on my iPad, my son having […]

French Press (4) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 2 minutes (IV) Emmanuel Macron’s Late Night Out Up to now, compared to Marine Le Pen, I’ve been quite nice to Emmanuel Macron. Well, one thing’s for sure: nobody’s perfect I was fortunate enough to attend the Euro 2000 football championship final between Italy and France, that took place in Rotterdam. I was standing in the midst […]

French Press (2) – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 3 minutes (II) Marine Le Pen’s Splitting Headache Over Europe   The situation at the Whirlpool plant, situated in the northern town of Amiens, underscores the nature of the combat between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The fact that the American owners want to relocate the plant in Poland, is, for Le Pen, the epitome of […]

French Press – A Coffee Drinker’s View On The French Presidential Election

Reading Time: 3 minutes A series of short posts highlighting interesting points arising during the final countdown to the French presidential election.   (I) – Storm in a “Whirlpool”   It’s what we call “l’entre deux tours” (between the two rounds) of the French presidential election. And I can just sit back behind my computer and relax. All I […]