Author: Adrian Duncan

Brexit Postmortem

Everyone got tired in the end. On my many visits to the UK over the last three years, there was one constant topic on every news channel every day – Brexit. People dreamed of a second referendum, people feared a renewal of troubles in Ireland, where a hard border was not acceptable, people railed at the lies and misinformation that resulted in a Yes vote to Brexit. But with the slogan “Get Brexit Done”, the Conservative Party tapped into public exhaustion and won a resounding victory. Labour, with the unappetizing Jeremy Corbyn as leader, experienced its worst defeat since 1935. Boris Johnson won an absolute majority – and Brexit will be done. Fact. Read More

The 46th President of the United States

In this current period, when the USA is being run by a “stable genius”, in the President’s own repeated description of himself, Democratic hopes are being pinned on any candidate that can liberate the United States from the terrifying grip of a man who got elected in 2016 with the votes from the half of the electorate who clearly liked watching The Apprentice, where Trump was the big boss. Trump struck a chord with them with his promise to build a wall, put barriers up to immigration, protect the coal industry, repeal Obamacare (well, repeal Obama, really) and clean up the Washington swamp. Read More

Walls and Their Destruction

Trends in Germany and worldwide

It was 30 years ago that a thousand hammers chipped away at the most depressing construction of the 20th century – the Berlin Wall. How Berlin has suffered! After the First World War, the depleted (male) population of Germany struggled through inflation, strife between the communists who wanted to replicate the “success” of Soviet Russia and fascists inspired by the clear-cut and brutal ideas of Hitler. And finally the defeat of Nazi Germany with the occupation of East Germany by Russian troops, eager to exact revenge for the depravities they had suffered at the hands of the German invaders. Read More

The Truth is not the Truth

Four days after the election of Donald Trump, sales of 1984, the dystopian novel written by George Orwell, rocketed (Note 1), and it became a No. 1 bestseller. Clearly people were unsettled by the election of an obvious demagogue, and the puzzling resonance he found in democratic America. What may also have prompted this interest was the immediate manipulation of facts, which took place. For example, there was the extraordinary claim, made by his press secretary, Sean Spicer, that Trump’s Inauguration crowd was the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe”. Photographs showed that this was demonstrably false – the audience was relatively small – but the lie was compounded by a subsequent interview with Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway, when she asserted that this description was true, it was simply “alternative facts.” (Note 2). Read More

The Nodes and Human Destiny

Eclipses must be getting even darker these days. The South Node of the moon has just conjoined Pluto on April 5th, 2019 and, moving backwards in its retrograde cycle, goes on to conjoin Saturn on May 2nd. Could this be why astronomers, using an array of telescopes from all points of the globe, were able to finally photograph a black hole? Read More