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The Bones of Grammar

In my life as a supplier of victuals for pets, I have become the purveyor of many items from pigs’ ears to bulls’ penises.

One popular item is ‘Roast Bones’ – a cooked beef knuckle bone for dogs.

Here is what it says on the box…..

Let’s get this straight. Does T. Forrest own a pet snack who owns a company who manufactures families?

A Labour of Love

I had almost forgotten that the result of the Scottish Labour leadership election will be announced today. It seems like a direct contest between Johann Lamont and Ken McIntosh.

Personally I think anyone who would want to lead Scottish Labour at the moment should be debarred from doing so on the grounds of insanity. I notice that Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton has very wisely stayed clear of the process.

Scottish Labour have to decide on a story that the electorate can believe. The SNP have struck several chords with several key policies and seem to now inhabit the territory once occupied by Labour with the liberally minded middle class jumping aboard as a bonus.

That is a formidable bandwagon to try to slow down.

Christopher Hitchens

I was sad to hear of the passing of Christo[her Hitchens. For a tribute, that of his brother and sometime nemesis Peter (a rather bonkers reactionary) of all people, in the Daily Mail (bonkers and reactionary) of all places is hard to beat for generosity and poignancy.

Apologies for the laziness but I simply reproduce my posting Let’s faith it from November 28th 2010.

“Religion is a force for good in the world” was the title for a debate in Toronto yesterday between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking for the motion and intellectual journalist Christopher Hitchens speaking against it.

Hitchens, currently undergoing chemotherapy for aggressive cancer was nonetheless in characteristic sparkling form and I simply could not agree more with the majority of the points he made.

For instance (paraphrased):

Religion is destructive, is based on superstitious hokum and, a bit like communism, might briefly seem noble until you see that it steals your every freedom away. Religions require that we are created sick and then ordered to be well, and over us to supervise this is a sort of celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea … Salvation is offered at the low price of the surrender of your critical faculties.

The response from Mr Blair besides being weak saw him also spectacularly miss the point – “I do not consider the leader of North Korea a religious icon,”

An audience vote produced a victory for Hitchens, with 68 per cent opposing the resolution and 32 per cent supporting it.

I enjoyed the Hitchens book God is Not Great and found very little to disagree with. His journalistic critique of religion I’d suggest is much more user friendly than his fellow author scientist Richard Dawkins’s work.

When Hitchens broadens his scope to include international politics and war, like his nemesis George Galloway he can descend into complete craziness no matter how well he structures a point or argues a case.

On religion though he is usually just about spot on.

The Independent article reporting on the Hitchens – Blair debate is here

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