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A few days ago I talked with a school friend with whom I hadn’t spoken in a while. She is a first-year studying English Literature, History and Philosophy in university. We talked over the usual news and plans which people explore when they haven’t chatted in a while; then we moved on to philosophy, an area in which I wish I had more knowledge.Continue reading Free Will

Baroness Warsi’s Speech to the Pope — Secularism, Contradiction and Misapprehension

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‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’  — The first amendment to the US Constitution

‘Call on God, but row away from the rocks’ — Hunter S. Thompson

The Baroness was, as they put it in the Daily Mash, let out of her box to write in the papers and to make a groveling diplomatic expedition to the Vatican earlier this week.Continue reading Baroness Warsi’s Speech to the Pope — Secularism, Contradiction and Misapprehension

Birmingham University — A Protest

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The protesters form a semi-circle against the Nuffield Building, in Birmingham University campus. An impassioned protester yells into a microphone, damning the cuts to staff pensions and to other facilities which Professor David Eastwood, Vice Chancellor, has instituted. ~In every single aspect you take a hard line.~ The students now enter an ardent frenzy, chanting ~We are all Simon Furse.~ In solidarity with a fellow protester who is suffering a ‘disciplinary’. One can feel the support and taste the rage. A young woman takes the megaphone and belows into it, beseeching the protesters to make enough noise so that those who are in there will know how many people are out here. As she cries the heart flutters and one wants to rise ~Hands off Simon Furse.~ They chant.Continue reading Birmingham University — A Protest

General Secretary of the CND: Short Interview

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On Thursday I went to a public debate in Birmingham University, on whether or not Britain should renew the Trident nuclear weapons system. I already knew the motion, and had established that — given the opportunity which exists in debates of this type for audience members to make a three minute speech — I would speak in favour of Trident’s renewal; not because that is my unvarnished opinion, more that that would be a more fun and more useful view to vent.Continue reading General Secretary of the CND: Short Interview

Gauleiter — Alex Salmond’s Bland Failure

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A short time ago, Alex Salmond called a Ric Bailey, the political advisor to the BBC, a Gauleiter. The name calling was in response to the fact it was because of this poor BBC chap that Salmond’s place as a pundit during a certain Rugby match had been withdrawn, supposedly because his presence would cause impartiality issues for the BBC, at a time of debate over the existence of the Union.Continue reading Gauleiter — Alex Salmond’s Bland Failure