Ntokozo Qwabe, the young Rhodes scholar crusading for his benefactor’s statue to be removed from its position above the portico of Oriel College, has justified his apparent biting of the deceased hand that feeds him by claiming that his scholarship … Continue reading Reparations


Midnight. New Year’s Day. I was pulling an all-nighter on the night of all nights, doing nothing more exciting or important than making sure the dots all lined up on that grid of numbers my accountant wants to see each year before he tells me how doomed I am. The fireworks were popping and flashing, and the shadows they threw up on the wall reminded me that it had been six months since I’d last splashed out on the services of a window cleaner. From down the hall at the agency who rented the rest of the floor, keeping the … Continue reading Noir

Temporal Imperialism

What do the following statements have in common? ‘Isaac Newton is well known as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. Less well known is his deep belief in God and his conviction that scientific investigation leads to a greater knowledge of God the Creator of the universe.’ ‘ ‘I don’t think people realise how the establishment became established. They simply stole land and property from the poor, surrounded themselves with weak minded sycophants for protection, gave themselves titles and have been wielding power ever since.’ ‘Rhodes was racist. He used power and money to oppress others. So on … Continue reading Temporal Imperialism