Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Like vintage wine, high-flown sentiment should be kept for special occasions rather than brought out on every possible occasion, especially when it consists mainly of humbug, as it usually does. We are surrounded by it, in fact, mentally suffocated by it. I picked up a pencil the other day and this ...Read More...
Posted on 05/24/2016 8:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 20 May 2016
Compassion, it seems to me, is better as a retail than as a wholesale virtue. No doubt there are exceptional individuals who are able to feel genuine compassion toward vast populations or categories of humans, but I think they are few. The more widely a person’s compassion is cast, the thinner it tends ...Read More...
Posted on 05/20/2016 8:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 8 May 2016
Is the US Treasury anti-Semitic, anti-Italian, anti-German, anti-Polish, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic, anti- many other groups that could be named, none of whose descendants has ever appeared on an American banknote? Hitherto, those that have appeared have all been old dead white males, such as Washington ...Read More...
Posted on 05/08/2016 7:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 5 May 2016
British doctors now live in fear: not very great fear, perhaps, but it is never entirely absent. They fear their patients might sue them; they fear to say what they think to their managers; they fear that they might fall foul of the Crown Prosecution Service if one of their patients dies unexpectedly; ...Read More...
Posted on 05/05/2016 7:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
On arrival in Sydney for a stint with the Centre for Independent Studies, I am ensconced in the bourgeois bohemia of McMahons Point — the kind of area in which it is easier to find langoustines than lavatory paper, or wasabi peas than washing-up liquid. Having arrived from Paris, the first thing I notice ...Read More...
Posted on 04/26/2016 9:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 24 April 2016
On April 17, Australia’s Sydney Sunday Telegraph carried pictures of the horrific injuries inflicted on 40 year-old prisoner Michael O’Keefe by his 18 year-old cellmate Bourhan Hraichie. O’Keefe is a former Australian army reservist who had boasted of having killed Muslims while on active service. Hraichie ...Read More...
Posted on 04/24/2016 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
In modern democracies, public discussion of the most momentous matters is bound to be reduced to what the political and media elites believe is the lowest common denominator. Everyone knows what his income is and who foreigners are, so it was almost inevitable that the debate in Britain over its possible ...Read More...
Posted on 04/19/2016 8:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 27 March 2016
I caught an early flight recently and therefore stayed overnight at the airport hotel. Catching the lift to leave in the morning, the doors opened to reveal two beached human whales within. They gave the lie to the lift's warning notice that it could fit eight people. That might have been true some ...Read More...
Posted on 03/27/2016 5:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 25 March 2016
As soon as Salah Abdeslam, the presumed leader of last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, was arrested in Molenbeek, a heavily Islamic quarter of Brussels, his lawyer became an international celebrity. Sven Mary was already well-known in Belgium for his work on several notorious cases. He represented ...Read More...
Posted on 03/25/2016 5:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 24 March 2016
We were awaiting our flight to Paris when the cancellation of the next flight to Brussels was announced. Rumors flew, but the reality turned out to be worse than anyone suspected. A couple of hours later, we were in the taxi from Charles De Gaulle Airport. One radio station said there were about 20 ...Read More...
Posted on 03/24/2016 7:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 21 March 2016
Harvard Law School, in abject surrender to student activists, is about to change its escutcheon because its design was derived from that of Isaac Royall, Jr., who endowed the first chair at the school. Royall’s father made the family fortune from slave plantations in the West Indies and Massachusetts, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/21/2016 9:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 12 March 2016
A friend of mine drives a minibus for a local authority. His passengers used to be old people whom he took to day-care centres; now he takes the mentally handicapped to their schools. The old people are left to volunteer drivers using their own cars.
The reason for the change, he told me, was ...Read More...
Posted on 03/12/2016 8:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 11 March 2016
In the prison in which I used to work as a doctor, I would ask prisoners in confidence who were held pending trial whether they intended to plead guilty or not guilty.
“It depends,” they replied.
“On whether or not you did it?”
“On what my counsel says.”
In other words, their decision was ...Read More...
Posted on 03/11/2016 5:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
An American friend of mine recently received an invitation to a symposium at the Yale School of Architecture. The invitation was in the form of a poster largely filled with words in various fonts upon a matte black background as follows:
writing stating accompanying overwhelming looming meeting overriding ...Read More...
Posted on 03/08/2016 9:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 6 March 2016
'Smoking kills,' say the packets, but from the litter-picker's point of view not quickly enough.Fag-ends are not difficult to clear because the implement won't take hold of them but because birds of a feather - in this case fag-ends - flock together. It takes a lot of concentration to clear a square ...Read More...
Posted on 03/06/2016 7:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple