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…

To Hijab or Not Hijab

After my previous 13 page lucubration I’ll keep this one much more brief – for your sanity as well as mine. I wanted to comment on the recent viral YouTube video depicting an attractive young lady wandering the streets of New York being subjected to a seemingly incessant litany of catcalls and sexual innuendoes. You…

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…

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…