Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 4 June 2016
by Theodore Dalrymple
There are riots in France every time the government tries to liberalize the sclerotic French labor market to make the country as a whole more competitive. That (considerable) part of the population which benefits from the legal privileges it currently enjoys is either unable ...Read More...
Posted on 06/04/2016 5:39 AM by 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
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
London is among the best cities in the world for art exhibitions, and whenever I go there, which is rarely, I try to see as many as time and energy will permit. Recently, for example, I saw two in a single day, the contrast between which seemed to cast a light on the soul of modern humanity, or at least ...Read More...
Posted on 03/01/2016 7:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 27 February 2016
One of the greatest advances in modern medicine was the realization that doctors’ personal experience is not sufficient evidence for the preference of one treatment to another. The double-blind trial was developed to overcome various kinds of bias and prejudice in both patient and doctor, and on the ...Read More...
Posted on 02/27/2016 9:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 26 February 2016
Economics is a difficult subject and I don't understand it. Take armed robbery, for example: does it stimulate or retard the economy?
The question arose in my mind when I went with my neighbour recently to a jeweller's shop. My neighbour wanted his expensive watch repaired but to enter the shop ...Read More...
Posted on 02/26/2016 8:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
We all laugh at horoscopes and the people who read them, but I am not sure the financial pages of our newspapers (or the people who read them) are much better. Had I, for example, never read a single article in them, not only would I have been none the poorer, but I suspect I would have been none the ...Read More...
Posted on 02/23/2016 4:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 22 February 2016
We laugh at the French Academy's tinkering with French orthography to make it easier for the poor children to spell (I predict that it will make no difference), but something far more sinister is happening in English: more sinister because it is not an identifiable institution that is at work, but a ...Read More...
Posted on 02/22/2016 7:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 20 February 2016
Men squabble as much over symbols as over more tangible realities, and this in itself is a reality of the human condition. It is not surprising, then, that an amendment to the French constitution precipitately proposed by President Hollande in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November should ...Read More...
Posted on 02/20/2016 5:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
When I was young I was quite good at sport, but I never improved at it much because I couldn’t take it seriously enough: my competitive spirit must have been deficient. Sport was always said to be good for the character, but I never noticed that the best sportsmen had the best character: if anything, ...Read More...
Posted on 02/17/2016 5:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 15 February 2016
Awful, terrible news! I noticed a small item in last week's British Medical Journal that once again revealed the cruel and callous nature of patriarchy. Under the headline Fall in Death Rate we learn that 'Between 2009 and 2015 deaths from leukaemia in children have fallen by 38 per cent in boys and ...Read More...
Posted on 02/15/2016 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
A man who had worked for the BBC in the 1960s told me some time ago that James, aka Jimmy, Savile was employed by the BBC because it was worried that there were so few working-class broadcasters. I had no reason to suppose that he was lying or mistaken, though I have no corroborative evidence either. ...Read More...
Posted on 02/09/2016 8:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple