Give poor Rishi Sunak a break! He's what we used to call 'handicapped', although my guess is that this term is now deprecated. I use the word here at the risk of provoking apoplexy in the army of self-appointed gatekeepers who seem determined to fine-tune all possibility of offensiveness from our language, because it so … Continue reading Have pity on Rishi Sunak
The discrepancy between privilege and poverty nicely illustrates what we might call an unnatural social imbalance. Unnatural in the sense that it is an imbalance such as could not arise in a functioning homeostatic system absent some intervention. Unnatural social imbalances do not simply arise as a matter of course. They must be engineered. Which … Continue reading Balancing act
Born to cringe?
I have but one quibble with Richard Walker's excellent article in The National and that is his casual use of the misogynist label without any evidence. It may be true that a significant proportion of those writing in the Scots language happen to be women. It may also be true that the "abuse"/criticism (the words … Continue reading Born to cringe?
An intolerable condition
Is poverty even the problem? Is it poverty which has the deleterious effect on people and society?