In 1947 Sir Winston Churchill penned the only non-sequitur in his dazzling writing career. In a short essay, Churchill imagines (or possibly recalls) a ghostly conversation with his father Lord Randolph Churchill who had died over 50 years earlier. The Dream’, – as it was later named by his family – was kept under lock […]Read More ‘The Dream’ reveals Churchill’s soul
It’s become too easy to call something ‘Orwellian’. We all know what it means. ‘Big Brother’, ‘Room 101’ and ‘doublespeak’ have all passed into the cultural and political lexicon. Constant observation, scrutiny and intrusion are the essences of the totalitarian system. While 1984 remains seminal, it lacks the technological imagination of other works in the […]Read More The genius and warning of Bradbury, Burgess and Huxley
“For Machiavelli, the people are the moral universalism at the heart of The Prince. Across 26 chapters, he directs princes to pay their attention to the limits and tolerances of the populace. Whether in hereditary, mixed, ecclesiastical or new principalities, Machiavelli attempts to achieve a delicate balance of protecting the people, protecting the prince and protecting them both from the other.”Read More Machiavelli was a striking moralist
“What is beyond doubt is Churchill’s chief commitment to the preservation of human life. It is easy to get bogged down in what he did or did not think about institutions such as the Council of Europe or the creation of the European Economic Community. These are fads, topical because they are today’s challenges. What is neglected, criminally so, is the motivation of a man remembered for war but who lived for peace.”Read More Churchill was a peacemaker, not just a warrior
“Whether it was his contradictory views on the morality of war, history or Britain’s relationship with Europe, Churchill left behind a legacy and body of work which is wide open to interpretation.”Read More Would Churchill have voted for Brexit?
Despite suggesting that morality is intrinsic to human nature, Morgenthau acknowledges that there are serious questions as to how to “build a bridge between ethics and politics (Morgenthau 1960: 6). Indeed, even though he acknowledges a moral element to man’s character that moves beyond the pastiche of ‘power, power and power’ that he is famed for, there is an inconsistency at the heart of his moral thinking.Read More Reconciling Realism and Human Rights
Alastair gives a comprehensive analysis of Scottish Government claims that Scotland is, and will be a ‘good global citizen.’Read More The SNP’s Scotland is not a “good global citizen”