Category: Politics

April 15, 2022 / / Education

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.

December 27, 2021 / / Culture

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.

December 24, 2021 / / Culture

Anyone who has read me knows full well that I can’t bear the identitarian politics bandwagon and increasingly I’ve been arguing this is a middle class issue. This is a personal monologue and will need refining over time but for the time being this is what I think it’s all…

September 27, 2021 / / Politics

The England manager is the best since Sir Alf Ramsey but his flirtation with identity politics is a problem and risks undermining his position. England manager Gareth Southgate has recently said there are not “enough” women working for him. His comments were made at the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention…

April 4, 2021 / / Health

Medical research seldom shoulders the burden of such hope and faith as it does today. Widely considered to be our greatest asset in our current predicament, its success has relied on a noble attempt to recruit the brightest in society, regardless of background. To deviate from such a custom would,…

March 3, 2021 / / Politics
November 28, 2020 / / Culture
July 26, 2020 / / Culture

No matter how advanced we regard our society; no matter how ignorant we perceive our forebears; no matter how comfortably we enjoy our lives, one of the most devastatingly cliché human questions still haunts us, and becomes ever harder to answer: who are we?

February 22, 2020 / / Politics

Following Labour’s crushing defeat, many commentators and reporters have proffered the view that Labour has become sharply divided between its city – especially London – supporters and those in its traditional heartlands in Wales, the Midlands and Northern England. The former are deemed liberal and progressive in outlook while the…

December 11, 2019 / / Politics

This year we’ve had a flurry of articles on Sajid Javid’s proposal in 2018 for a British Values Test (BVT) to be added to the Life in the UK test (see here, here and here.)  The Life in the UK test itself is already mandatory but the BVT would be…