Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Friday, 23 June 2017
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blog preview image Abuse of power led to the terrible fire in London. by Theodore Dalrymple The disastrous fire in Grenfell Tower, a tower block of public housing in London, in which at least 30 and possibly many more people were killed could not have come at a better time for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2017 5:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 16 June 2017
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blog preview image Theresa May’s political incompetence carries a high price. by Theodore Dalrymple Theresa May has proved an apt pupil of the David Cameron school of political incompetence. Lacking principle, she is not even good at being unprincipled: a Machiavellian, it turns out, minus the cunning. It ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2017 5:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 15 June 2017
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blog preview image Educational expenditures must increase, we’re told, though we know the problem lies elsewhere. by Theodore Dalrymple Walking in the main shopping street of my little town in England recently, I was accosted by a canvasser for the local Labour Party candidate in the snap election. (The Conservatives ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2017 5:23 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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blog preview image The default response to terrorist atrocities remains unchanged. by Theodore Dalrymple After an atrocity, public figures are faced with a dilemma. To say nothing would look like heartlessness or indifference, but whatever they do say is almost certain to seem inadequate, shallow, and clichéd. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/14/2017 4:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 12 June 2017
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blog preview image Once something is a right, someone has to pay for it. by Theodore Dalrymple Standing at a bus stop in Paris recently, I noticed an advertisement for Médecins du Monde, Doctors of the World, a charity similar to the more famous Médecins Sans Frontières. “Liberty, equality, health,” it proclaimed: ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2017 5:07 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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blog preview image Westerners must wake up to the danger in our midst. by Theodore Dalrymple The Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was the son of Libyan refugees to Britain. It has yet to be established whether he acted on his own or in concert with others, though it seems likely that, at the very least, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/07/2017 4:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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blog preview image Even the arrests after each attack give comfort to the enemy, which can act with impunity even if known. by Theodore Dalrymple The only man I ever met whose ambition was to be a suicide bomber was an inmate at the British prison where I worked as a doctor in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a career ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/06/2017 8:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 5 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In politics, there are no final victories and no lessons that are learned for good: error, like hope, springs eternal. Moreover, what counts as error for some may be wisdom, or at least temporary advantage, for others. There is no catastrophe, political or economic, from ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2017 5:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 2 June 2017
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blog preview image Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians? by Theodore Dalrymple From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship, by Paul Hollander (Cambridge University Press, 338 pp., $29.97) Imprisoned serial killers of women are often ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/02/2017 6:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 1 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Just over twenty years ago I published a short, fictional self-justification of a serial killer. Shortly thereafter, Ian Brady (who died recently as one of the most unlamented men in the world) published his autobiography. I was asked to review it by the Sunday Telegraph. I ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2017 8:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It doesn’t take a concerted cyber-attack for Britain’s National Health Service to cancel operations: a neighbor, an 86-year-old lady, has so far been called to the hospital three times to have her hip replaced, only for the operation to be postponed at the last moment each ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2017 12:22 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 21 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A few years ago, I was taken to lunch in a grand New York club by some very rich men. They gave me the benefit of their opinion on Britain’s rigid class system. They appeared not to notice that, at that very moment, they were being served by a flurry of obsequious men, whose ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2017 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 18 May 2017
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blog preview image Yes, they have their vices, but where it counts – from public transport to tourism – they’re pretty much superior by Theodore Dalrymple The French election, of unprecedented interest, hazard and potential for violence, has been largely about who is to blame. Blame for what, exactly? For the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2017 4:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 11 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Two or three weeks ago a headline in the Guardian newspaper informed a no doubt flabbergasted readership that refugees to this country were disproportionately allocated to reside in its poorest areas. Personally, I did not find this very surprising: it is true that there ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/11/2017 5:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 7 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple One of the great difficulties of consistent libertarianism is that of making people bear the full consequences of their own actions and choices. Another great difficulty, indeed, is whether we should much care to live in a society that found a way of doing so. It is easy ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/07/2017 5:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 5 May 2017
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blog preview image France must ask itself why Karim Cheurfi was out of prison. by Theodore Dalrymple The murder of a policeman by a Muslim terrorist on the Champs-Elysées is another illustration of the laxity of the French criminal-justice system—a laxity that it shares with the British system, and which demonstrates ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/05/2017 4:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 28 April 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit is one of the worst books on any subject that I have read in a long time. It is a blow-by-boring-blow account of David Cameron’s referendum campaign, principally in the media of mass communication, to keep Britain in the European ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/28/2017 7:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 20 April 2017
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blog preview image What does it mean when no one talks about a brutal murder? byTheodore Dalrymple As every married person knows, silences can be pregnant with meaning, even if the meaning is not immediately clear. The silence in the French press about a recent startling event in Paris is surely pregnant with ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/20/2017 4:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
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blog preview image The numbers don’t tell the story. by Theodore Dalrymple Statistically speaking, I am much more at risk of being killed when I get into my car than when I walk in the streets of the capital cities that I visit. Yet this fact, no matter how often I repeat it, does not reassure me much; the truth ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2017 7:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The object of political correctness is to make the obvious unsayable, or at least sayable only under the threat of a torrent of criticism or abuse. This does violence to the mind and spirit: those who refrain from objecting to the false pieties of political correctness (which ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/29/2017 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
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blog preview image What a criminal trial of two soccer players says about British society. by Theodore Dalrymple A single case can illuminate a whole society, as a flash of lightning lights up a landscape on a dark night: not that the case of Ched Evans told us anything about British society that we did not ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2017 4:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There was a time in my life, many years ago, when people were not expected to boast about their accomplishments: indeed, they were expected not to boast about their accomplishments. Self-praise was regarded as no praise; indeed, someone who praised himself was thought to ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 1:08 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 13 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Modernist architecture is inherently totalitarian: it brooks no other, and indeed delights to overwhelm and humiliate what went before it by size and prepotency, or by garishness and the preposterousness which it takes for originality, and which turns every townscape into ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, of a profession different from my own, received a letter the other day from his professional licensing authority – that is to say, the authority without whose approval and permission he cannot practise at all. ‘Dear Colleague’ the letter began, all nice, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 27 February 2017
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blog preview image Thoughts on the surgeon general’s report on addiction by Theodore Dalrymple Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health begins with the modern American equivalent of the Catholic Church’s nihil obstat, the ecclesiastical certification that the book ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/27/2017 5:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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