Pointless and meaningless rhetoric is something the United States does very well. On this side of the world, utterly culturally dominated by the US as we were, during the Cold War, we were brought up on the neoconservative lie – the American Dream and the bullshit of America as the home of the brave and land of the free.
Right now we are witnessing the very same with a cap being put on the number of children in a family in receipt of tax credits who can receive Child Benefit. Even with more than 90 per cent of Scotland’s MPs rejecting the Bill, the will of England was imposed on Scotland.
When the voice of Rodrigo de Triana rang out from la Pinta on this day in 1492 the world changed. Columbus’ expedition to discover a westward route to India ran into quite a significant obstacle – the vast continent of the Americas.