Tag Archives: Alabama

The better angels of our nature

The US state of Alabama went to the polls this week in an election that can hardly have been more polarised.

In what is normally rock solid Republican territory, the GOP candidate Roy Moore faced Democrat Doug Jones. Mr Moore, a right winger opposes abortion in all circumstances, thinks homosexuality is a sin and believes Muslims should not be allowed to hold government jobs.

However Moore’s political views were not what made this race competitive.

The surfacing of allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour was the issue that dogged him during the campaign. It made his principle opponent a contender in a state that the Democrats hadn’t won for decades.

Jones, who has never held office, but is well known in the state for his involvement in a high profile prosecution of Klansmen, was sneeringly described by President Trump as a liberal Democrat in a statement endorsing Moore.

This from a man who with every passing day reminds the Stephen King fans amongst us of the megalomaniac politician, Greg Stillson, from the Dead Zone.

That said these days most Republicans are pretty scary.

You have to go back a long way to find a GOP liberal of the Rockerfeller variety.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 7 Comments

This single photograph shows an amazing crucible of American history


This is the fifteenth of my posts based on a recent tour of the eastern half of the USA. I visited a number of sites relevant to African American history. To mark Black History Month, I am relating some of the things I saw, in the order I saw them.

Without any doubt, the highlight of my USA tour was my visit to Mongomery, Alabama. To coin a phrase of Stephen Fry’s, for someone interested in history, it was like swimming through liquid chocolate. Within half a mile of the State Capitol, there are a clutch of historic sites which bore witness to some of the most seminal events in the history of the USA.

Posted in LDVUSA | Also tagged , , , and | 4 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarRichard Underhill. 17th Nov - 10:57am
    Decades ago fibreglass started to be used for communications by both BT and by numerous US-financed companies which have since merged in the UK. An...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 17th Nov - 10:55am
    The commonality of BB ,electricity, gas and water is that they are all delivered to the end user through the same pipes or cables. The...
  • User AvatarHelen Dudden 17th Nov - 10:52am
    As, a disabled older lady I feel this subject of men dominating women petty. It seems like toys being thrown out of the pram. If...
  • User AvatarInnocent Bystander 17th Nov - 10:47am
    "free" Of course it's not "free". Someone else will be forced to pay for the " service that will do you proud". But as these...
  • User AvatarBarry Lofty 17th Nov - 10:34am
    I agree that too much is being made about gender in all walks of life these days but to say that the BBC and ITV...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill. 17th Nov - 10:31am
    Stephen Lloyd is today, 17/11/2019, on the BBC1 Sunday Politics (Southeast) replying about his own position in Eastbourne and about Canterbury. He has kept his...