The Plastic Hippo

September 24, 2015

Aylan and Hadeel

Filed under: Faith,History,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Image via Youth Against Settlements

Image via Youth Against Settlements

If an image of a dead child washed up on a Mediterranean beach conveys the consequences of being a refugee, then an image of a young woman about to be shot dead conveys the reasons for becoming a refugee. The image of a lifeless Aylan Kurdi face down in the surf temporarily shocked the world into an all too brief moment of compassion now almost forgotten; the image of Hadeel al-Hashlamun, an 18-year old Palestinian student will be ignored in the interests Middle Eastern security and forgotten in the interests of western economic pragmatism. (more…)

September 21, 2015

Very British ad hominem

Playing the man

Playing the man

Within the occult dark arts coven of British politics, it is evidentially clear that former MP and novelist Chris Mullin is a witch and should be immediately conveyed to the nearest village pond to be dunked in order to ascertain if he floats or sinks. In the early years of the first Thatcher government, the then Labour MP for Sunderland South and shameless supporter of the late Tony Benn concocted a fanciful yet amusing piece of fiction entitled “A Very British Coup”. The plot of this far-fetched political fantasy involves a left-wing working class Labour MP by the name of Harry Perkins unexpectedly becoming a British Prime Minister. (more…)

September 7, 2015

Hearts and minds

Filed under: Faith,History,Politics — theplastichippo @ 4:00 am
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It might be wishful thinking and it is certainly too soon to be sure, but there is a sense of an almost subterranean rumbling that suggests something is fundamentally changing. It`s not that governments and media now describe the hundreds of thousands attempting to escape war as “refugees and migrants” rather than simply “economic migrants” or that Presidents and Prime Ministers have suddenly realised that we are in the middle of a catastrophic humanitarian disaster that will only worsen or that the tactic of whipping up the populist rhetoric of fear and loathing has spectacularly failed; it is instead the coming true of an out of touch leader`s worst nightmare. Direct action by so called “ordinary” people not involved in grand matters of state or the complexities of global politics is extraordinarily difficult to control and our masters are very, very scared. (more…)

September 1, 2015

Saddle up

Filed under: History,Sport,Walsall — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am


It is foolish to wish your life away but, on current form, I wish this coming Wednesday was September 23rd when the mighty Chelsea Football Club travel to Walsall. Three weeks is a long time in football and fortunes may change, but if the next game both teams play were to be the third round League Cup match, Walsall could beat Chelsea. No, really…think about it.

Having played five, won four and drawn one, Walsall are top of League One and a mere 31 places behind Chelsea in the football league. Chelsea have been beaten by the likes of Crystal Palace and there is a palpable absence of confidence and morale at Stamford Bridge. (more…)

August 29, 2015


Filed under: History,Politics,Rights — theplastichippo @ 3:30 am
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There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking. It was Thomas More who coined the word “Utopia” way back in 1516 and was subsequently separated from his head by an unhappy Henry VIII. A mere 350 years later, no less than John Stuart Mill came up with the antonym “Dystopia” to describe a very bad government. (more…)

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