Send in the clowns by Trevor Plumbly

I’m beginning to wonder if the popular concept of progress is entirely beneficial to the human race. Sometimes it seems that the more enlightened we become, the more patent stupidity creeps in. The least harmful, but possibly the most ludicrous, is the current fad for verbal gender neutrality. Today I heard a half hour radio discussion involving four adults, debating whether or not certain words are acceptable to those who wish to ram the more idiotic facets of gender identity down our throats. Somewhat naively, I’ve always held the theory that those… Read More

Triumph of hope by Susan Grimsdell

Not long after the world realised that the unbelievable had happened and Donald Trump had become the President of the US, the level of objection was astounding. It included people in state governments; many government employees, governors and mayors; workers in many federal departments; immigrant rights groups; religious groups; as well as one of the biggest demonstrations in history with the Women’s March on 21 January 2017.  Women all over the world took to the streets.  I was one of them and later, a friend asked me why I had bothered.  ‘They… Read More

United we stand by Trevor Plumbly

Some things need a total rebuild to function in line with their original purpose and I wonder if this isn’t the case with the United Nations. In a time of high global uncertainty, it seems about time for an overhaul. Dreamers and schemers In 1942, 26 countries signed the ‘Declaration by United Nations’ to form a joint war effort against the German, Italian and Japanese forces. This was followed by the signing of a formal charter in 1945. In those days the UN Security Council was all but governed by its five… Read More

And I think to myself by Trevor Plumbly

….What a wonderful world! As we head into a new year, it’s a healthy time to look back as well as forward. Being born during the second world war, I was educated to believe that England was the haven of fair play as well as invincible. The books and comics turned war into an adventure playground with a simple formula: the villains were mainly fat or ugly Germans and the good guys clean shaven, rakish Brits who largely did the biz single handed. War at that level was fun, only the baddies… Read More

I Wanna Bang the Drum by Trevor Plumbly

Out of Pocket It’s within living memory when Germany’s currency was scarcely worth its paper content; million mark notes were worthless and workers were paid thrice daily to combat inflation. In more recent times, Zimbabwe went through a similar situation, yet it’s hard to imagine those responsible for that economic lunacy suffering any great hardship from the events. There’s the odd exception, but in the main, financial folk do indeed dwell in marble halls and rarely end up with the ‘have-nots’. For them, recession becomes opportunity and tax liabilities a solvable puzzle…. Read More