Mad Mel, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

It’s not that I don’t like Melanie Phillips, I just can’t stand the sight of her [I’m trying not to notice!]. Actually I was intending to write this short piece even before the whole brouhaha over her “no such thing as Islamophobia” remarks erupted. As someone who has monitored her rantings for around thirteen years…

Minority vs Mainstream

For some years now the Muslim community has complained of a small fringe, whose opinions were completely at odds with the mainstream, being granted a media platform incommensurate to their numbers. Yes, I’m talking about the likes of Maajid Nawaz, Ed Husain (although he’s since disappeared), Iram Ramzan, Sara Khan and more recently Adam Deen…

Douglas Murray & Maajid Nawaz

A few inchoate observations about two of Britain’s most ardent Islam (as in what 99.9% of us believe to be Islam) haters. I once tweeted a link to a YouTube recording of a BBC Any Questions? discussion between Murray and Nawaz and strangely enough within a week or so it was taken down and the…

The clue is in the name

As anyone who has done A-level (google the term if you’re not from England) Maths – and I appreciate that probably means about 0.001% of the people reading this – can tell you, when you’re stuck for a formula or on how to proceed go back to first principles. The axioms are the bedrock upon…

The rhetoric of white privilege

[My thoughts on the Mary Beard Haiti tweet controversy. Expressed in the form of an open letter.] Dear Mary Let me start by saying that I don’t think you are a racist, a neo-colonialist or any other such pejorative that might have been lobbed at you this past week. In truth I’m a great admirer…

Gheerah

I don’t normally dispense life advice; my own having proved such a train wreck, the idea of advising others on how to make a success of their own seems, frankly, a little incredible. Every now and again, however, I feel compelled to make an exception. The subject of this short post is one that evokes strong…

Ya Baghdadi….

To the one who presumed to don a mantle that was not his. Ya Shaykh! As I transcribe these thoughts of mine, reports abound of your supposed death; whether you still live or have passed on is at this time unclear. With respect to the contents of this letter, though, it is largely irrelevant. The…

The death of an angel

One would have thought  the death of an 11 year old girl in a tragic amusement park accident a relatively straightforward incident to report on: a short summary of what happened, the name and age of the victim followed by some comments from the park operators and friends and family of the deceased. And so,…