Week 30 2014

Tendring Topics………on LineThe Day of the Assassin            I think that I may have referred before in this blog to the story that at the very beginning of the Battle of Waterloo a gunner officer reported to the Duke of Wellington that Napoleon himself was squarely in the sights of one of his cannon.  ‘Should he open fire?’ ‘Certainly
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Week 29 2014

Tendring Topics……on LineFirst – the Bad News            For years the UKhas had nuclear Trident submarines roaming the world’s oceans as a so-called Independent Ultimate Deterrent to aggressors. Like NATO it is a relic of the cold war and of the ‘defence policy’ aptly described as Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD); ‘You dare to threaten
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Week 28 2014

Tendring Topics……..on lineA prophetic blog reader!            A fortnight ago I published in this blog an email received from a regular reader on the subject of the jihadist extremists in the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.   It contained the following sentence:The day surely cannot be far away when they succeed in
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Week 27 2014

Tendring Topics……..on lineA democratic choice?         Democracy;  rule by the people;  is such a wonderful idea and so obviously (to us) a very desirable form of government.  It is said to have originated in ancient Greece, where every individual city claimed to be a democracy. They weren’t democratic by our standards. It never even occurred to anyone
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Week 26 2014

Tendring Topics……..on lineMiddle East Maelstrom          A recent email from a regular blog reader sums up the current situation relating to Islam and its neighbours in the Middle East, a considerable part of central Africa and the Indian sub-continent:Well, I said the militant Islam thing was going to come to a head, and almost immediately the Pakistan
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