Campus free thought – the latest victim of a thoroughly spavined policy.

Late September heralds not only the onset of autumn but also the commencement of the academic year for millions of university students. Campuses the length and breadth of Britain will be welcoming this year’s fresh intake as well as the previous year’s returnees. For many academe is their first experience of life away from the…

Sunday afternoon musings on the rule of law…

Picture the scenario… David Cameron has just been advised that he has lost the election to Ed Milliband and that he will have to vacate 10 Downing Street by noon. However, instead of telling Samantha to get packing he summons the Chief of the General Staff, Nick Carter and orders him to secure Downing Street,…

Le mort de Charlie Hebdo – quel dommage!

This Wednesday, in a brazen broad daylight attack, two masked gunmen brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles forced their way into the Paris offices of the satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo and proceeded to execute 10 of its staff, at the time convened in meeting. During the course of the attack they also killed two policeman – one…

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…

From Deir Yassin to Gaza city – the incarnadine reality of Zionism.

Unlike most others in the Muslim blogosphere I have refrained from commenting too much on the unfolding massacre in Gaza. I attended last Saturday’s protest rally but as a good friend and co-protestor mentioned to me – and as I was acutely aware at the time – it was highly unlikely to have even the…

Who speaks for Britain’s Muslims?

Way back in the late 6th century BC the ancient Athenians experimented with a form of direct democracy whereby every citizen (women and slaves didn’t qualify) was entitled to vote on matters of state governance and legislation. Estimates vary but best guesses put the voting Athenian population at around 30,000. While by no means a…

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…

The Talmud and the Hadith

This is my last post for 2013 and the blog will be quiet for the next couple of weeks while I collate the necessary material for the next big article I have planned. Comparative religion – the Abrahamic religions to be specific – was a something of a hobby of mine a few years back….