Ukraine: A bit of Perspective?  

Ukraine: A bit of Perspective?  

Photo by Thomas Fields on Unsplash This is not just about Putin. Its about Imperialism. We’ve been living in a bit of fools paradise in the U.K. While we’ve distracted ourselves over things like Brexit, and the utter stupidity of the idea of ‘Global Britain’ and do...
Look beyond the man.

Look beyond the man.

In times of crisis, when certain politicians lead countries into folly, into the valley of death, it is understandable that we reach for psychological explanations. The very human need for a personal story, for a simple narrative that we all understand, lead us to...
The Old Lie…is still being told

The Old Lie…is still being told

The Old Lie…still being told.  It is with a mounting dread that I watch the events unfolding in Ukraine from a far away land. I am in Saudi Arabia but know that if the worse happens, billions of people’s lives will be changed for the worse for a very long time. I do...
Who has an Image problem?

Who has an Image problem?

“…brutal, messianic, aggrieved, censorious, eschatological…and totalising.” Living in Jeddah has given me an opportunity and motivation to re-evaluate Saudi Arabia. Yes, we all know about the war, the executions, the human rights record and the...
Old Paradigms – New Norms

Old Paradigms – New Norms

Old Paradigms – New Norms. I am currently based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, working with the Saudi Ministry of Health on their hugely ambitious Transformation Plan. Because of Covid regulations I had to pass first through Dubai, a city of such proportions as to be...
We are a Massively in the sh*t.

We are a Massively in the sh*t.

“As matters now stand, every issue is hopelessly entangled in a snarl of emotions, stereotypes and irrelevant memories and associations.” (John Dewey) I sit down with friends and we discuss matters of various triviality and seriousness. A common theme often makes its...
Health and Capitalism

Health and Capitalism

What has the now global, dominant economic variants of capitalism to do with health outcomes? It has to do with the system of private property, alienation and the continuing struggle for existence, which capitalism seemed to have solved in the rich level 4 countries....
I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe For the weight of history bears down, And suffocates my hopes, I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,  For the boot on my human face stamps down Crushing a vision of the future, I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe For the white hooded sheets, the red flagged,...