Rhodes’ Ghost

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by Hannes Wessels Reading the second part of Duncan Clarke’s voluminous but quite fascinating study of Cecil Rhodes as the baying mobs of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement compel a cowering College of Governors at Oxford’s Oriel College to remove the man’s statue is a saddening experience; a reminder of the folly that follows stupidity […]

SOS – Steve on Sunday

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by Steve Lunderstedt   8 -13 June 2020 The week began with more Rumours about rumours about rumours. This one rumour, or perhaps it is two, is about the alcohol and the nicotine bannings and unbannings in South Africa, and in particular Kimberley. Which is where I live hence the concentration on “what’s happening” in […]

When Politicians Waive the Rules

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  by Hannes Wessels I think I’m right in saying that fundamental to the success of Western civilisations through history has been the successful application of the rule of law. Maybe it does not need repeating but in the current context maybe it does; without the rule of law, chaos leading to anarchy is normally […]

‘Professor Pantsdown’ And Other Experts

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by Hannes Wessels I took some flak following my last article on ‘experts’, but since then I’ve seen little or nothing to lead me to believe I should change my opinion. In fact, events since then have buttressed my view. We can start with Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College, London. A leading epidemiologist, Ferguson […]