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Index: Currente Calamo

The Students Who Should Be Revolting

Michael Blackburn: ‘Students also should realise that the economic advantage lies with them. They are now, like it or not, consumers, and if they think they are being short changed on their education they should use their position as leverage. Universities are frightened of bad publicity, which is why they cave in after little pushing by the PC mob, but they’re more frightened of losing the money that follows each student.’

Dead Yet?

By MICHAEL BLACKBURN.   TRY THIS EXPERIMENT: if you regularly watch TV breakfast programmes and the main news in the evening count how many days there are in one week when a health or medical related story does NOT feature. Air pollution, mental health, cancer, autism, alcohol, vaping, abortion, diabetes, obesity, sugar, salt, allergies, intolerances, […]

Non-binary penguins.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Staff at London Sea Life have described Rocky and Marama as lesbian although they have provided no evidence of seeing the two in Sapphic congress or confirming they have declared their partnership via an avian partnership or same-sex marriage.’

The attack of the giant Jessies.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Every day it becomes apparent that parliament is now arrayed not just against the government but against the people. They won’t allow the government to govern and they won’t allow a general election so that we can decide who governs. Many of us would prefer to see them in a ditch than put up with their antics any more.’

The nightmare scenarios.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Greenland seems to be a grim place, rife with alcoholism, suicide and guns. Not surprising given its location and weather. Probably the best thing that could have happened to it would have been to be turned into an outpost of uber-capitalist America, with the hope of better conditions and the chance of getting out.’

What’s a proper copper?

Michael Blackburn: ‘That deliberate blurring of the boundary between private and public, between the personal and the professional, is a notable characteristic of our times. More and more we see individuals in public office using the position to display their own personal tastes or the politics of some group or class to which they belong.’

Social-justice racism.

Michael Blackburn: ‘I can’t see how this can be of benefit to ordinary people. As with all identity politics the intention is not to unite but to highlight differences and turn those differences into divisions and conflicts.’

No more oil for the arts machine.

Michael Blackburn: ‘One thing I’ve learned about lefties and luvvies when they talk about tax and big companies is that you can’t trust anything they say, mainly because they don’t seem to have an understanding of the basics of either tax or business. Except, I suppose, when it comes to finagling their personal accounts or blagging money out of funders (usually the government, ie, the taxpayer).’

We have seen the female of the future. It has one eye.

michael Blackburn: ‘All I saw was some odd body language from the old lady when Sir Ian appeared. She moved away from him on the sofa as if he were honking like a derelict, and carried on leaning away from him. It was quite odd. After the preliminary small talk in which she admitted she didn’t remember meeting him at some entertainment bash years before I gave up.’

Take a Break from Bedlam.

Michael Blackburn: ‘So it is when you take into account what others, such as your own parents or grandparents, have had to go through that you can start to get some perspective on the madhouse of the current situation and the snivelling over-sensitivity purveyed by the establishment. They had to cope with things of which subsequent generations have no inkling: personal losses, pain, shortages, great discomfort, the wrecking of dreams and careers.’

First, abolish the universities.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Charles Moore has drawn our attention to the suggestions of an associate professor in mediaeval history at Oxford that Notre Dame should not be rebuilt but be left in ruins to stand as a symbol of climate change, environmental decay and colonialism. Why stop there, asks Moore, why not just “set fire to the medieval, western, environmental rapist otherwise known as Oxford University, and then give lectures about its iniquity among its smouldering ruins?”’

The attack of the invertebrates.

Michael Blackburn: ‘James Brokenshire, Housing Secretary, sacked Scruton immediately; although, as is so often the case these days with the communicative incompetence of our political class, he failed to pass the news on to Scruton first. It was clear from the mechanical cliches uttered by Tories and Labour alike (“deeply offensive and completely unacceptable,” press button and repeat cycle) that they had not checked any source material to see if the accusations were true. Nor was Scruton given the opportunity to rebut the smears.’

Protecting the culture.

Michael Blackburn; ‘What to do with something like Notre Dame has ramifications beyond the physical. A culture is more than its buildings, which can be preserved in some manner even if they are drastically altered. What also needs preservation and nourishing are all the other living parts – the arts and sciences, the language, the institutions, the appreciation of the land, its birds, beasts and flowers, and so on.’

The Ladies of Aintree.

By MICHAEL BLACKBURN. THERE’S AN OLD folk song that starts: So the Ladies of Aintree went out for the day, With hey and a ho and hey nonny-no, And they took to the course with their flesh on display, With a hey and a ho and hey nonny-no… and then goes on for a dozen […]

The egging of Anning.

By MICHAEL BLACKBURN. NOBODY SHOULD BE surprised that malevolence can be found in the hearts of humans wherever they live, even New Zealand. The massacre at the mosques in Christchurch was not surprising because it happened, given the febrile nature of the world, but because of where it happened. I don’t want to be rude […]