Tag: uk

  • I’m American – but I want the Lionesses to beat USA in the World Cup

    Martin Pengelly is an Englishman living in New England, and he wants you to know that he’s rooting for his adopted country over his home country today as the Lionesses (that’s the England national team for all you Yanks) take on the USA in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals. In some ways this makes sense—his […]

  • I’m a Brexiter at heart. Vote Remain.

    I hate the European Union. It is a bloated corporatist quango run by technocrats none of us have ever heard of who seem to have an utter contempt for the British people and, well, democracy. EU leaders seem committed to further integration and a United States of Europe, except without the republican values of the […]

  • Skylar’s Naughty and Nice List 2013

    It’s Christmas Eve, which means Santa’s making his rounds. While I expect coal-and hopefully some condoms-in my stocking, not all of us have been quite so naughty this year. With that, I revive a holiday tradition, and give you my naughty and nice list for 2013! 5. Katie Hopkins Whether calling X Factor winner Sam […]

  • I don’t know why I love Britain. But don’t call me an Anglophile.

    The most frequent question I’m posed, bar none, is “why Britain?” I get asked by British acquaintances who don’t understand why I love their country so much, and I get asked by Americans who can’t understand why I don’t love ours more. Britain’s broken, so I’m told, and who would want to leave the sunny […]

  • Give Thanks and Pass the Pimms: 5 things I’m thankful Britain gave the world

    We all know the story. The Pilgrims, with their funny hats and boring names, set sail on the Mayflower towards the New World in search of religious freedom. What nobody ever tells you is that they went to the Netherlands for a bit, or that they didn’t really want to come, or that loads of […]

  • Ofqual overhauls GCSEs, but to what effect?

    Ofqual has overhauled the GCSEs with a new scoring system. I am obviously not a product of the British educational system, so I don’t have any anecdotes as to its effectiveness. And while I think it’s important to occasionally revisit curriculum and testing, I think that we in the West often gloss over-or ignore entirely-the […]

  • The UK has a st…

    The UK has a strong history of democracy, and while targeted surveillance may play an important role in protecting national security, in doing so it should not erode the very values it seeks to protect. An excerpt from a letter, signed by 70 leading human rights organisations, to David Cameron over what they perceive as eroding press […]

  • Tamera Foster sings “Wishing On A Star”

    Obviously I don’t get to watch X Factor live like y’all, so I have to wait for the performances to be uploaded to YouTube. (That also means I don’t hear the judges’ comments, which gives me, at least I think, a unique perspective.) I don’t really have a favourite this year. I like hearing Abi […]