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


Much has been written, and even more said, about the recent demand to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from the portico of Oriel College in Oxford. Should a racist colonist, slaver and imperialist still be honoured in marble (or whatever material is used) now that his country of birth has moved forward with its values and realised that much of what he did must be regarded as questionable by today’s standards? Some have stepped forward and outlined ways in which Rhodes was far from the character it has been claimed he was, but let us set them aside for … Continue reading Cecil

The virtue of disagreement

Today’s topic I cannot avoid, really, as it is uppermost in my mind, on a matter which has troubled me since I first heard of it last June, and of which I later had first hand experience online. Most broadly expressed, it is the stifling of debate in the modern university. What causes it to be uppermost in my mind is my coming across a very short clip concerning merely the most recent manifestation of this fad, which is the question of whether the statue of Cecil Rhodes which stands over a doorway to Oriel College, Oxford should be removed … Continue reading The virtue of disagreement