Author: John Bittleston

Penny Mordaunt

My last-but-one Daily Paradox, The Curse of Brexit, brought many cries of anguish and agreement. They, like me, felt Britain was at the bottom of the trough with nothing but a precipice to jump into. So it may be encouraging that I see a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s way ahead yet,…
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Why friends matter

How much love a child needs is difficult to judge. Some children need more, some less. A child who has received little attention and love at home is extremely vulnerable in the world. S/he will seek the missing affection wherever they can find it. Wild vultures can smell carcass from miles away. Human vultures detect…
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The Curse of Brexit

A totally divided country, one half wanting to stay in the European Union, the other half wanting to get out of it, has caused more disruption than could possibly have been imagined by David Cameron when he called for a referendum on the subject. That it was stupid to initiate one was clear even before…
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How complete are you?

We each have a view of ourselves. It is dynamic not static. It will be formed from praise and criticism we have received, from achievements and failures we are aware of, from glances in the mirror and from a sense that we all have about ourselves, most of the time. If we are realistic, open…
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Profit and Culture

CEOs seem to fall broadly into one of two categories. EITHER they are concerned about the social responsibility their company has. That extends, of course, to responsibility for their employees. These CEOs devote time to understanding and implementing the ‘decent way’ to run a business. OR they think all this is too ‘touchy-feely’ and not…
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Capitalism’s New Political Role

Capitalism must show the way to a new political order. Articles contemplating capitalism’s future abound. The role of capital in wealth creation has been critical and successful. Not everyone is wealthy but vast numbers of people in the world have been lifted above the poverty line in the last few years. The middle class –…
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Crime and Recovery

The British Home Secretary is going through a difficult time. Knife crime is increasing. The ruthlessness of those involved means that they are oblivious to the damage they cause, revel in the fear they create and, under the very pressurised British Courts, often get off with a punishment that does not begin to fit the…
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Through Consciousness to Confidence

You are conscious, obviously. Your pet is conscious, too I expect. Your carpet tick – is that conscious? As far as I know, certainly until you squeeze the life out of it between your fingers. Is the pretty geranium in the hanging pot outside your window conscious? Up to a point, perhaps. What about the…
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Fear is now greater than Faith

The appalling attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka have shown another side to the reporting of terrorist activities. Prime Minister May called the victims ‘Easter Worshippers’. Other politicians used different euphemisms. Very few referred to them as Christians, although Easter Worshippers by definition are just that. Why the reticence to tell the truth? Nobody hesitated…
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Anger, Stress, Unhappiness

The mirror view We are angry at ourselves more than at other people. We may have been duped, fooled, conned enough to make us angry. We may have made stupid mistakes that annoy us. We may be railing against something that happened in our childhood, maybe even something we don’t fully remember or understand. Internally…
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