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Terrorism and values
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Terrorism and values

Until two weeks ago, I had ever heard of Ariana Grande. Now, the suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester has made her name all too familiar.   Steve Latham   I was, on the other hand, very acquainted with London Bridge, and the cafes and pubs at its southern […]

The care crisis
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The care crisis

My father went into hospital just before Christmas, to have his hip replaced. It’s now a fairly routine operation in Britain.   Steve Latham   Although he was away from home during the holiday, he was glad to get rid of the acute pain he had been experiencing for years. […]

Societal entropy
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Societal entropy

We are in the midst of longterm, historical, change. For example, while family structures have varied throughout history, the family today is in terminal decline.   Steve Latham   Visitors from abroad to Britain, frequently comment on our distant family relationships, when compared to their home country. Their own migration […]

No way out in Spain
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No way out in Spain

Our son finally left home, and got a job, teaching English in Spain. He ended up in a small out-of-the-way town, called Cáceres, in the Extremadura region.      Steve Latham   It’s a long way from anywhere: a two-hour flight from Stansted, then bus through Madrid, followed by a […]

Elites and elitism
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Elites and elitism

Brexit and the election of Trump are heralded as victories of the little people over the elites, of ordinary folk over the bureaucracies who rule them.   Steve Latham   In truth, these political earthquakes represent merely the triumph of one elite over another, even different elite-fractions within the single […]