Though not as packed with anxious parents and carers, medical staff and cleaners as it would be in a few hours, the hospital was still populated by that mix of worried and joyful adults that is peculiar to children’s wards and hospitals. The atmosphere was hopeful. I’ve found the same to be true on neuro wards but that’s a story for another time.
Dan Hodges is an English newspaper columnist and son of Dame Glenda Jackson the former Labour Party MP. Dan writes for The Daily Mail. This…
The phrase “I will never apologise for who I am or where I come from” has been associated with ‘toxic patriotism’ (racism) for a long, long time now. It has been the kind of language used on Facebook memes superimposed over an image of the flag of St George with a roaring male lion faded in. I hope that the England Men’s football team in the European Championship played across Europe in 2021 has changed that.
I once had a conversation in a pub in Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia, during which I was threatened with a beating and told that the indigenous people were happier and better off before they had the vote and were paid in money.