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Tom
London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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Thanks for those contributions. The fact that not a single po-mo person shows up to explain my errors is rather an index of my failure as a polemicist. Professor Peterson and Milo's posts are not only interesting in themselves but in the responses they elicit from those who would (were the boot on the other foot) be called trolls. So lacking in self-awareness are the po-mo brigade that they usually make matters worse for their side of the argument. If you don't believe in Reason, I guess you have no incentive to be reasonable but surely a bit of persuasiveness might be in order? There was an interesting observation by someone in the context of the scandal of the teaching assistant who secretly recorded her Star Chambering by three academics at her US university for presenting a video by Prof. Peterson as one side of a balanced argument – without approval but also without ritual denunciation. This gent commented that so complete is the dominance of the Left in academia that many have never had to argue their case before. For lack of practice, they are simply useless at persuasion. That is an optimistic thought. Those of us in real life who have had to negotiate for a living, or even just argue for a pay rise, justify a budget or talk our way out of being fired for underperformance (!) likely have more useful debating skills than these bullying propagandists.
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If I have blogged very little of late, at least on political topics, there are two reasons. Firstly I have been toiling through a very difficult book, which I wish I had read years ago. It explains so much of what I have written in the past — while often... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at THE LAST DITCH
If you are interested you can see an album of photos from my road trip at the link below. Tom in the Carolinas 2017. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
My day started well with a walk on a windy beach and a photo I liked. Then a motel breakfast lowered the tone as it will. I soon cheered up as I hit the road and drove through Kitty Hawk and back over a bridge to the mainland. My touristic... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
Thanks. I am happy to hear it. It is an extraordinary place and I wish I had spent more time there. I wanted to visit the “lost colony” of Roanoke for example where the first English settlers, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh no less, were abandoned and forgotten long before Plymouth Rock.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on In Blackbeard's wake at THE LAST DITCH
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The only friend I have who lives in North Carolina today commented on Facebook that he has never heard of these islands. All the more kudos then to my Austrian-American lawyer friend in Georgetown who suggested I should drive back via The Outer Banks and not (as I had planned)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
I wish I could travel the American Road all the time! I am glad you enjoy the posts. Thanks for the spell check!
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2017 on Charleston, SC and Beaufort, NC at THE LAST DITCH
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You probably don’t need me to tell you that Charleston is a beautiful city. It was one of the great cities of the British colonies in the Americas. It was a major port and naval base. 40% of black Americans can trace their ancestry to slaves sold in its little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
I adapt to my environment, I guess. ;-)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2017 on Arriving at the wedding venue. at THE LAST DITCH
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On the Great American Road Trip of 2013, the Quarterback (remember him?) told me it was wrong that I felt so at home in the United States and saw it as part of my culture. "These people", he said, "formed their nation in rebellion from yours". So, indeed, they did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
I was two and three quarter hours from Camden, SC – the venue for this weekend's wedding – when I woke yesterday morning. I loaded the car, said farewell to my Russian hostess as she went out to her gym and then breakfasted with her American husband at the development's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
Thanks for the suggestion and good wishes. I fondly recall our lunch meeting on my Great American Road Trip of 2013. I hope you're as well and happy (political irritations aside) as I am.
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Metropolitan :: 1111 Metropolitan Avenue, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC. 28204 :: 704-552-1700. The city of Charlotte NC was nothing to me but a word in my address book until yesterday when I met another old Central & Eastern Europe buddy there. I was surprised by the skyline as I approached... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
Battle of Appomattox Court House - Wikipedia. I have not blogged for a while. The political situation in the UK cannot please a sensible person of any persuasion and I have really had nothing to add to the mix of bitterness, fake news and witch-hunting that characterises the Brexit interregnum.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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Thanks. I’ll look into that.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2017 on Tilting at windmills at THE LAST DITCH
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I have not blogged since Friday because my home in Porrera, the otherwise excellent La Icona del Pont Vell did not have wifi. An old friend and I (a German client from my lawyering days in Poland and Russia) shared a two bedroom town house on the village square, conveniently... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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Speranza and I are on the road again. This is her first outing since her recent annual service and the fitting of new shock absorbers, a couple of new tyres, a few other fixes and the installation of a new "infotainment" system. Apart from the fact that it requires a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
Conspiracy involves crime and there will always be a James or Tom who won't go along with it. In a movie those guys get whacked but real life is more problematic because murder flushes out yet more moralists. In a group of public employees however cock ups will evince sympathy and it won't even be necessary to ask that they be covered up. Not one NHS employee "ratted" in Mid Staffs for example, though thousands died. Many still deny (perhaps even to themselves) that there WAS any issue. The problem was accidentally detected statistically by an academic.
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Narcos season 3 finally gets a frustrating show on track - Vox. I enjoyed the first two seasons of Narcos dealing with the rise and fall of the Medellin cartel and its charismatic leader Pablo Escobar. I found myself on the side of the CIA and DEA, as the writers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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Comrade Detective: Channing Tatum's hidden gem of Romanian TV | Television & radio | The Guardian I link above to the Guardian review of Comrade Detective without approval. The completely modern, American-written and produced show is, as it says: ...an astonishingly high-concept Amazon comedy; a detective spoof written in English,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
As resolve seems to be weakening, here is the Moggster explaining to the Oxford Union just why we are leaving the economically-destructive, anti-democratic, extremism-inducing shambles that is the European Union. Note there is no mention of immigration nor any hostility to our European neighbours. Actually, he expresses affectionate concern for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
"I should point out I was a particularly awful example of the thing I’ve just described." Me too, which is why I remain optimistic that most of these youngsters will turn out just fine when they get some life experience under their belts. The harder we laugh at them, the faster that will happen.
That's a helpful tip. Thanks. A £2 penalty is a LOT cheaper than the Flexiplus and the customs and passport checks are relentlessly Socialist so maybe it IS a waste of money.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2017 on Home again at THE LAST DITCH
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The laws built on the pretext of dealing with money laundering have done a lot of damage to relationships of trust such as yours with your clients and mine with mine. Free market economies (like all positive enterprises) depend on trust. I worked in Russia and witnessed first hand the economic limitations of a society where trust is scarce. You can duck and dive as an entrepreneur in such a society but you can't build reliable institutions. The state now seems to start everywhere on the assumption that everyone not working for it is a crook, which tells you more about the mentality of those attracted to the parasitical life in government that it does about the mostly honest general population.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2017 on Another boat burned at THE LAST DITCH
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