Être hypocrite, quelle bassesse!

François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire. For those of you wondering. Incidentally seeing as it’s been quoted ad nauseam these past few days might I also take the opportunity to point out that the “…defend to the death your right to say it” aphorism wasn’t actually one of his utterances. Anyhow, don’t you just hate…

On the Caliphate question (pt2)

How have my views evolved on this subject? In the 20 years since the word Caliphate entered my vocabulary my views on the subject have certainly evolved though my belief in the idea itself has managed to weather the vicissitudes of time – just like my abiding love for Spurs. On evaluation it seems the…

On the Caliphate question (pt1)

I was interviewed last month by a couple of BBC journalists eager to elicit my views apropos of the Caliphate ruling system. It was a hot summer’s day in late Ramadan and I’d only just recently stumbled  out of bed. In addition I wasn’t sure just how open I really wanted to be with the BBC…

Tony Blair’s speech on the war against Islam(ism).

  A short comment on Blair’s speech last week at Bloomberg’s London office. The full text of the speech can be viewed here: http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/04/full-text-tony-blairs-speech-on-why-the-middle-east-matters/ He was absolutely correct to assert that the defining conflict of this century will be between the West (specifically the Western governments) and the protagonists of “political Islam”. The advocates of…