Hugh McManners Blog

Crimea – the Facts

It’s pretty obvious that not many people understand the facts of this Crimean crisis. Our ‘expert’ foreign correspondents are either being bulldozed into writing nonsense by their sensation-seeking editors, or are as naïve and...

Can Obama really be so ignorant?

    Obama’s silly talk of intervention in Crimea, and Kerry’s blatherings in Kiev are so ignorant that one wonders if there’s some hidden and terribly clever agenda that will emerge later. Sadly I...

A Wateringhole in the Storm

I’ve been posting  SITREPs for a bar restaurant The Watering Hole on the beach at Perranporth, as  terrible storms and high tides assail the West Country; while at the same time my son Will...

How Do We Win the Afghan War?

Deciding when you’ve won a battle is hard enough. Once upon a time, this was decided by Heralds from both sides,  who argued it out then the combatants’ leaders  agreed to the decision. If...

Neuroscience, Memory and Art

Neuroscience frightens me. Thinking about the processes within the 3.5lb lumps of tofu that allow us to think about ourselves is to question the reality of our flickering self-awareness. It makes me feel vertiginous,...