Boris Johnson is painfully ignorant of the immense cultural, economic, and scientific contributions of Muslims (Islam kept Muslim world centuries behind the west, Johnson claimed, 16 July). Western civilisation owes an immense debt to Islam, whether in the form of algebra, the saving of ancient Greek heritage or the free-market economics of Ibn Khaldun. Johnson is correct that many Muslim-majority nations are beset by social and political problems. Yet the same holds true for numerous Christian-majority nations such as Russia, Honduras, Haiti and South Africa. He also makes a “false equivalence” argument in comparing stable western democracies to war-ravaged countries like Bosnia, seemingly blaming Muslims there for being attacked. Curiously, Muslim extremists promote the same arguments as Johnson, albeit for different aims. Neither depiction is true nor helpful. Another pathetic observation by the next British PM concerns the Ottoman empire. Johnson takes one oddity of the … [Read more...] about Western civilisation’s immense debt to Islam
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A discussion on the Oxbridge grading criteria coincided with a video of Boris Johnson referencing Ibn Khaldun, for whatever crazy economic scheme he wants to feed to the British public, on my Twitter feed last week. The gist of Yascha Mounk's tweets on the Oxonian grading system was that Oxford dons favored essays that had counterintuitive, rhetorical arguments. Having just come out of end of term grading, I can totally see how a bored professor will favor an essay that says something unexpected, having read another 30 essays the day before. The counterintuitive style suggests that the speaker/writer has read and absorbed all the conventional wisdom and "having seen through" those arguments has gone beyond and discovered the universe anew. But sometimes, as we have seen in the case of Brexit, a bit of conventional wisdom and common sense might be just what Britain is lacking at the moment. The country is being ruled by Oxbridge men who are locked in a race for the top job, so there's … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson, classics and Ibn Khaldun
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By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Friday morning … And happy should’ve-been-Brexit Day. This is Jack Blanchard filling in for Annabelle, who has wisely fled Westminster for the weekend. Spare a thought: For Brexiteers who organized big celebration parties for “Freedom Day” — only to find out it’s now been postponed (at best). Tonight’s festivities included the Leave Means Leave campaign’s Big Brexit Bash, which organizers say is no longer a celebration but a “a review of where we are” — which frankly sounds a lot less fun. Hundreds of French Brexiteers (yep, they exist) are boldly pressing ahead with their own big party in Westminster — and with John Redwood already booked as the guest speaker, who can blame them? And various Leavers of Britain parties around the U.K. are also still going ahead, although organizer Lucy Harris admits they … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Third time lucky? — Enemy at the gates — Brexit Day parties
LONDON he European Union set the train in motion before the result of the Brexit referendum had even been announced. It was at 6:22 a.m. on June 24, 2016 — 59 minutes before the official tally was unveiled — that the European Council sent its first “lines to take” to the national governments that make up the EU. The United Kingdom was leaving the European Union and Brussels was determined to seize control of the process. In the short five-paragraph document written by Council President Donald Tusk’s chief of staff, Piotr Serafin, and circulated among EU ambassadors, the bloc’s remaining 27 national governments were urged to speak with one voice and to insist that the U.K. leave through the Article 50 process set down in EU law. This meant settling the divorce first and the future relationship second, once the U.K. had left. “In the future we hope to have the U.K. as a close partner of the EU,” the document read. “First we need to … [Read more...] about How the UK lost Brexit battle