Author page: Peter Whitehead

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

When I was a teenager, I was – like many – ricocheting from phase to phase. One of these was a truly terrible atheist phase, where I made the following argument in Religious Studies class: ‘If Christians sincerely believed that Heaven was as good as they say, why would they all not just nuke everything, in order to get there more quickly?’ In…

A Better Broadcasting Corporation

In Max Brooks’ popular zombie novel ‘World War Z’, there is a class of zombie-like creatures called ‘Quislings’. Quislings (who presumably take their name from the Nazi-installed wartime Prime Minister of Norway) look and act like the undead, but are actually entirely human. The shock of the dead rising and the fracturing of society’s norms simply broke them, and now they act…

Choose Life: Countering Right Wing Libertarianism

Prime Minister Boris Johnson – God, what an opening – has appointed perhaps the most revoltingly hard-right cabinet of my lifetime. Two of the contributors to the libertarian screed Britannia Unchained, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab, now occupy great offices of state. It is not enough for the left to define ourselves as simply anti- Boris: we need to articulate alternatives. Libertarianism…

Bread, Roses and Big Bags of Cans

New Zealand has just announced that they will cease to pursue economic growth, and instead focus on ensuring the well-being of their citizens. Policies designed to tackle family violence and mental health issues abound, with half a billion for those with mild to moderate depression and anxiety and a further 320 million for domestic violence treatment also pledged. Many of the chattering…