Teaching Villains and Heroes

The history and lives of South Africans are beset with ironic contradictions. As the saying goes: the more things change, the more they stay the same. In my life time alone, I have witnessed a white supremacist system of oppression obsessed with race replaced with an Afrocentric socialist system fixated on achieving equality through racial quotas.Left-wing racialist agendas have now completely conquered my erstwhile homeland and this system gets re-elected time and again despite its obvious and dangerous failings. Its re-election is mostly riding on a catalogue of grievances against the white community cynically exploited by black nationalist parties such as the African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters. Some of them are genuine grievances, but others are simply divisive inventions and the antithesis to the non-racial society envisioned by well-meaning South Africans during the transition period from minority rule to democracy.
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Teaching Villains and Heroes

When Sticks and Stones Break Bones: The Case of Professor BM Mayosi

This article is dedicated to late Professor BM Mayosi. At South African tertiary institutions, all employees – both black and white - lived in terror of it. It was (and still is) at the very least a career limiting indictment and, at worst, it could mean public disgrace or suicide. This fear is the fear of being (falsely) accused of racism or being associated with any form of white supremacy.
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When Sticks and Stones Break Bones:  The Case of Professor BM Mayosi

Pay gaps don’t justify strike action

An academic's view on why the UCU is wrong to use 'pay gaps' to justify strike action I will not...
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I Feel Lucky to be Foreign

For some among us, there comes a time when we realise our teenage convictions were somewhat misguided. We discover that our parents’ dusty beliefs are not so terribly ill-conceived, having a much sharper understanding of the modern world than we had previously imagined. Luckiest are we who grasp this while still young, before our parents’ departure.
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I Feel Lucky to be Foreign

Pretences

Anyone who has read me knows full well that I can't bear the identitarian politics bandwagon and increasingly I've been...
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Pretences

Gareth Southgate and identity politics

The England manager is the best since Sir Alf Ramsey but his flirtation with identity politics is a problem and...
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Will Medical Research Learn from the CRED Report?

Medical research seldom shoulders the burden of such hope and faith as it does today. Widely considered to be our...
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Will Medical Research Learn from the CRED Report?

Commission for Racial and Ethnic Disparities Report – Education

The CRED report is a brave but necessary one in terms of education, a field in which too often policy changes are advanced based on gross generalisations made from anecdotal evidence and experience and unevidenced assertions about what is taught.
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Commission for Racial and Ethnic Disparities Report – Education

Get me a drink, it’s only half three, but what a substantial load of tosh!

The High Court has ruled that the government’s policy of allowing pubs only to serve alcohol with ‘substantial meals’ may...
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Nothing short of loathing

Review of Paul Embery, Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2021 June 23rd 2016...
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Why we need a British values test

This year we’ve had a flurry of articles on Sajid Javid’s proposal in 2018 for a British Values Test (BVT) ...

The myth of black britain

There are few things I find more annoying (and intellectually lazy) than the homogenising of groups on the grounds of ...

Time to acknowledge the diversity of Leavers

We have heard a great deal from politicians and pundits over the last three years about how Leavers are bigots and ...

In defence of dead white males

A recent news item in The Times reported on the growing movement against studying ‘dead white men’ and their ...

Shaping Brexit Britain From Our Shared Recent Past

Brexit has highlighted that Britain is a divided nation. Having voted Remain, I was shocked and saddened by a minority ...

White Power, Political Correctness and Black Free-Thinkers

I recently had an interesting discussion on race and political correctness with a black friend I shall describe as a ...

Weaponising victimhood

Trevor Phillips once said to me - only half joking - that newspapers should have identity correspondents, just as they ...

White Guilt and Black Power: The Creation of the Structural Racism Myth

Shelby Steele argues that the combination of a black power ideology and white guilt (or more accurately white fear of ...