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An Unspoken Reason Behind 9/11—Part I

Boiling Out of Arabia “By the brightness of the noonday sun, and in the night when all is still, your Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He displeased. Soon your Lord will be bountiful to you and you be … Continue reading

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The Entropy of England—IV

The Centre Cannot Hold A haughty British indifference to the world outside the Empire applied as much to Lancashire mill workers as to victims of the Irish potato famine in Connemara. As long as mastery of global wealth and of … Continue reading

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The Entropy of England—III

The English in British Clothing The Georgian cultural package was British, not English. The gentry, lairds and clan chiefs of “North Britain” were no longer dragooned by Cromwellian English populism, but invited to partake in a multilingual, classically branded culture … Continue reading

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The Entropy of England—II

Is it English to Be Nationalist?  “Welsh, Irish and Scots nationalisms could all be catered for, but English nationalism, however, cannot”. —Winston Churchill, Westminster Gazette 1912            For the last millennium, English nationalism appears to have suffered from a kind … Continue reading

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The Entropy of England—I

Fragmentary Foundations  “What do they know of England who only England know?” —Rudyard Kipling Brexit and its aftermath have brought a renewed focus on what it means to be British. Cabinet Ministers giving endless Covid briefings in front of union … Continue reading

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The Two Trillion Dollar Tragedy III

On the Laws of Engineering A mere four days after the first part of this article was published, the tally of Afghan provincial capitals taken by the Taliban has tripled to nine—a full quarter of the total—and some 65% of … Continue reading

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The Two Trillion Dollar Tragedy II

On The Conquest of Quagmires Two days on, and three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan have fallen to the Taliban. None of these is from  the strategic trio of Herat, Khandahar or Jalalabad in the news over the weekend, Instead, … Continue reading

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The Two Trillion Dollar Tragedy I

On Lessons from Afvietmaliastan Readers un search of an upbeat and inspirational read are advised not to read on. These few hundred words are an attempt to place the slow car crash that is Afghanistan in context. If you are … Continue reading

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The Other Sceptr’d Isle IV

The Crunch (Part 4 of 5) It takes a brass neck and a boatload of optimism to predict what might occur in Ulster over the next decade. But one thing is clear: to continue the peace process and a prosperous … Continue reading

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The Other Sceptr’d Isle III

The Hiatus (Part 3 of 5) The North established their own parliament at Stormont in June 1921 and any sense of this arrangement being temporary quickly faded. Over a million Protestants ruled over 400,000 Catholics, as they had intended. Thanks … Continue reading

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