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Cut it Out
Published Postimees  28 May 2013


What's up with the immigration people?

On lots of different levels and in lots of different ways the authorities; whether there are border guards, police, or civil servants drafting bills; appear to be getting things horribly wrong.

I will tell three stories. They all have to do with immigration and are otherwise unconnected. They all have an underlying theme.

The first story is my own story. I am aware that police officers and border guards do difficult and necessary jobs under challenging circumstances. I am also aware that the police and border guards have done good things in the past, BUT....guys could you please stop harassing me.


I have been stopped three times in the last month, once in Old Town, once in Kristiine centre and most recently at the Port of Tallinn when I was coming back from Sweden.

At the port, I was with my Estonian family. My niece who is six is scared of police. She thinks naughty the police will carry her off to pri…
Thatcher's Legacy to Britain, Estonia and the World Published Postimees 13 April 2013 
For Estonia, Baroness Thatcher legacy is largely good. She was a tireless crusader against the Soviet Empire and against socialism which she always hated. Her robust foreign policy in Ireland, the Falkland Island and elsewhere led to the West standing up to and defeating communism. She could not have anticipated the collapse of the Soviet Union but that's what ended up happening. Margaret Thatcher's economic policies were the template, Mart Laar and others followed to transform the Estonian economy in the 90s.
In Britain the reaction to the Baroness's death has been mixed, some mourned, others celebrated. To understand why, you have know what was going on in Britain before and what has happened subsequently.
I will begin. Britain before Thatcher was a pretty depressing place. The country was going to hell, a child could notice it. My earliest memories are of sitting in pitch darkness dur…
The Conservative solution Published Postimees 31 March 2013 
I really struggled with this article. As a non-Estonian I have always felt I have no right to suggest things. I comment, I ask questions. But I am now a permanent resident, I have family ties here and I am paying my taxes so here it goes.
Like many people I got a letter last week from a lobby group calling itself the "Foundation for the Family and the Defence of Traditions". As we all know these people oppose the draft proposal for neutral gender civil unions.
Over the past few years, the row over the issue has swallowed up the debate over every other type of minority right.

A student who wanted to interview me about minority rights, ended up spending the whole interview talking about gay rights. He really was not interested in anything else.
Like most people from my background, I am a social conservative and economically social liberal. For example, I support the monarchy, I was a little uncomfortable with the ide…
Conservative Solutions
The big issue in Estonia now is rights cohabitation rights for same-sex couple. An opinion pieces on this subject.
Britain and Referunda
Why Cameron will lose the next election and we will have a government more favourable to Europe and Estonia...Read on 


The Second Sex
We are are told that we live in a male dominated society, that men have it easier than women; there are people who make a living by telling us this.
I think that men have it tough and the situation is getting worse. I believe that feminism., or at least the radical form of it that has come to dominate, is wrong., and the effects of feminism that are causing great harm in my own country and in the rest of the Anglo-sphere are beginning to crop up here ..Read on

Chartist versus the World
It was just perfect timing, I write a book discussing amongst other things, whether Estonian political culture is failing on not, and a month later, some of the country's leading minds, let's call them the chartist…
Britain and Referenda Published Postimees 20 February 2013

Normally I write only about Estonian issues, when I a write about my country there is something important needs covering.
Which bring me to the UK relationship with Europe. It effects us all so I hope you will bear with me.
As readers will know, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron announced last month that if he wins the next election in 2015, he will renegotiate existing treaties with Europe and then hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.
There has been a ton analyse on TV and in the Estonian press about this. It could lead to a breakup of Europe. It isn't helping things, that's for sure.
There isn't go to be any referendum. The referendum is contingent on the conservatives winning the next election. By caving into the ardent Eurosceptics in his own party, Cameron has just guaranteed that he, and his party, will lose. The reasons are complex and I will set them out here.
Eurosceptics, also k…
The second sex
Published Postimees 16 January 2013

One issue scares the hell out of me. Men's rights. We are are told that we live in a male dominated society, that men have it easier than women; there are people who make a living by telling us this.
In Estonia there are a dozen organisation dealing with women's rights there is even a gender studies unit (i.e. women's studies unit) at Tartu University, but there isn't yet far as I am aware, and I have checked, even one organisation dealing with men's right.
It is inevitable that anybody who challenges this hegemony will come in for a barrage of criticism from an army of well-funded groups.
When men's rights are discussed, it is in the context of men's health. Men are dying off. Men die younger and are more likely to commit suicide than women.
Even God it seems is against men. Last week January 10 2012, for example the ministry of internal affairs published figures that show, on average, young men were more …