Trollgate: Richard Burgon v. The Sun

Originally published on 06/02/2019 at Hate Meditations In the summer of 2018, England became a pressure cooker of football euphoria and race rows. The Labour Party was once again eating itself. This time over antisemitism. Legitimate fears were thrown into the mix with what some perceived to be yet another attempt to discredit the current … Continue reading Trollgate: Richard Burgon v. The Sun

When cannons fade

Originally published on 05/11/2018 at Hate Meditations The times have become disagreeably hard to read lately. They have seen conservatively minded older generations vocally demand free speech. They have seen the young adopt a more restrained approach to drinking. They have seen the anti-PC brigade display all the contrived sensitivity and outrage they used to … Continue reading When cannons fade

Kill your idols – Peter Singer: ‘The Most Good You Can Do’, a review

Originally published on 23/07/2018 at Hate Meditations Peter Singer’s writing is infectious for its clarity and simplicity, but also for its willingness to follow any conclusion through, no matter how unpalatable the conclusion may be for the reader. Starting from relatively agreeable premises, a mother’s rights over that of an unborn fetus for example, we … Continue reading Kill your idols – Peter Singer: ‘The Most Good You Can Do’, a review

A speculative preach part 2: reaffirming first principles

Originally published on 22/11/2017 at Hate Meditations The sexual harassment scandals have caused many an artistic bloodline to end, it is far from over I have been trying to make sense of this mess by attempting to divorce masculinity from the actions of criminals and the culture that shelters them from retribution: there is a … Continue reading A speculative preach part 2: reaffirming first principles

A speculative preach to a choir of men: how far do our responsibilities extend?

Originally published on 19/10/2017 at Hate Meditations Decapitated, Weinstein, Trump: a set of ill timed coincidences or the last cry of a dying age? Angry women are talking, internet trolls circle the wagons, the world looks on in outrage. Are things getting worse or simply more visible? Funny as it is to mock the bruised … Continue reading A speculative preach to a choir of men: how far do our responsibilities extend?

People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review

Originally published on 07/07/2017 at Hate Meditations, which now predominantly features reviews If the noughties were an album, 2000 would be a meandering opener, a directionless ambient track lightly seasoned with dread, it would be entitled ‘intro’, or ‘prelude’, or ‘prologue’, 2001 would be the big opener that really draws the listener in and sets … Continue reading People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review