the fool on the hill sees the sun going down and the eyes in his head see the world spinning round



A first post, after several years since I last blogged. I started writing a blog in 2003 at the start of the Iraq invasion by the UK and US. There was no WordPress then, nor any other blogging sites providing a platform; the word blog was hardly known by most people. So I designed and constructed my own site, registered a URL [] paid for hosting and started writing. The archived blog can still be found hereĀ

Welcome to my resurrected blog. I write about planet Earth and the damage we have done to it; the idiocy and inadequacy of politicians of all shades; current political hot potatoes and issues that stir much feeling, and anything else which catches my attention. I don’t suffer from any political correctness, allegiance to a party or group or restriction on my thinking on the basis of it upsetting anyone. I am not here to protect fragile egos, so if you object to anything I write, best to leave, although I would like to hear your views before you do. I’m not tolerant of bullshitters and anyone who lacks critical thinking skills, so I may seem dismissive now and then. I will always try to explain why though. I don’t want correcting based on anyone’s opinion. If you have superior facts please share them. I hate truth decay and wish only to listen to others who similarly value truth.

I hate to be categorised, don’t fit into any neat simplistic political groupings like left and right, and attack both sides of the political spectrum equally. But only when they deserve it. I tell it like I see it without the restrictions of groupthink, so that many people find it hard to neatly slot me into one of their categories so they don’t have to think. Good.

While national commentators like Christopher Hitchens were writing excitedly in favour of the Iraq invasion [2003], and forecasting it would be over in a few weeks and ‘bring it on’, and politicians were cheering on the rush to war, I was writing that it would be long, horrific and the repercussions would stretch into the future across the whole region. I leave it to the reader to decide which was the most far-seeing view.