High fliers

When family friends asked what I was doing these days when I disappeared after my A-Levels, my father would reply, “He’s in Cambridge,” and leave it at that. A few years later, to concerned relatives he would say, “He’s working off Berkeley Square now.” Continue reading “High fliers”

Playground bully

A gang of Saudi nationals attacks America. America says, “Iraq did it.”

America attacks Iraq and sets the whole region ablaze. America says, “Iran did it.”

America sends it’s military might to the Persian Gulf. America says, “We’re under attack.”

World shrugs shoulders.


If crowds of far-right protesters were gathering outside primary schools for weeks on end — and instrumentalising their children in the process — to noisily oppose race and religious equality teaching, we would definitely be outraged. And if those protesters downloaded spurious material from the internet to support their case, spreading false information throughout the nation, we would rightly call out their actions. But point out such double standards, and prepare to be shouted down and silenced. It just happened to me. It’s about something bigger, apparently. So it does not matter if truth and falsehood is mixed irreparably. The problem, it seems, is me. Join the mob, or be an outsider.


Every nation has its downfall. The people of Aad. The ancient Egyptians. Our own downfall is inevitable, when we will be wiped from the earth, leaving only traces behind us. But where some left great pyramids and others palaces carved into mountains, wouldn’t it be a tragedy if the monuments we left for the millennia ahead were the vast mountains of landfill waste and oceans of plastic? A thousand years from now, will humble folk travel through the earth, wondering at the fate of this squanderful generation, who achieved so much only to depart leaving nothing but rubbish and environmental catastrophe? Our global culture but a footnote in the annals of time, like the Inca of South America. Though it is doubtful we will heed the lessons of history in time.


Ah yes, thank you, we know 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU, compared to 16 million who voted to remain. Sorry that you feel betrayed.

We also know that 45.8 million people were eligible to vote in 2016, so we have no idea what the other 12.4 million who didn’t vote think. Nor what the 1.4 million 18 year olds who were too young to vote last time think. Perhaps we’re about to find out.

What we do know is that the 20 million youngsters under the age of 18 will bear the brunt of the decision of the 17.4 million. What the future has in store, we do not know. Perhaps it will be good for them, perhaps it will be bad. Only time will tell.

Will 46.6 million people ultimately feel betrayed by leave means leave, or will we all have arrived at the promised land, sipping milk and honey, rejoicing in our freedom and sovereignty, having won our hard-fought independence from our colonial masters is Brussels?

Who knows. Time will surely tell.