Alain Ouzou (right), is a 33 year old Parisian financier, taking part in last night’s Trafalgar Square vigil for the those killed in the Paris massacre. He has been living and working in London since November 2014.

“How did he first hear about the trouble?”, I ask.

He had been at work at 11:40am when “his neice texted him that ‘something is happening…’– whereupon he phoned his father”.

With the atrocity in mind, I ask him what he understands by political freedom.

“It is a complicated question”, he says — very rightly.

But his reasons for attending the vigil for the dead were simple: in his words, “because the terrorists wanted to collapse the freedom of the press to express what they want — even if it is annoying”.

The style of the satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted, held no appeal for him: “You could laugh at anything with them — sometimes too much.”

Yet, even though he didn’t support everything they did, “he wanted to fight to let them express what they wanted. He would fight so that they could do that”.

He continues, looking at me with simple, irony-conscious honesty: “If I don’t agree with you, we will discuss — not kill each other”.

A “War on freedom” headline appears on a wall mounted TV showing the BBC News Review, as we talk in the pub, just off Trafalgar Square. The headline tells the truth — yet without the disarming potency of Alain’s sense of farce: of the bloody ridiculousness of equating debate with murder: of substituting the pencil for the gun.

A host of cartoonists have, today, given pan-faith peace the last laugh over the Jihadist insanity which ran riot with such mindless cruelty and impotent, tribal compulsion.

Their graphic humour bonds a rainbow coalition of peace; begun, perhaps, with the humble, apolitical, rain-soaked sadness of Trafalgar Square last night: a vigil whose humanity contrasted with the merciless killing of a policeman, wounded and crying on the ground.

“I am sad because the terrorists executed a policeman on the ground — just to do”, continues Alain.

This cold blooded murder, for its own sake, has attacked the whole human race.

Has the world changed?

“Terrorism is not new… Here in the UK you had the IRA. The U.S. had strong feeling of losing freedom (after 9/11). Then they built the Freedom Tower.

I comment on his admirable, super-rational calmness — which he attributes to his high-pressure job as Financial Engineer in the City. Yet, to me, it also captures the easy, drily-ironic profundity for which French culture is famous: and which may, just, be uniting the world with a free openness, capable of defeating both Islamofascism AND racism, equivalent philosophies as they are.

Alain returns to the policeman, shot dead while wounded on the floor: his life needlessly ended as he screamed in pain.

“When you kill the police, you kill the peace — and the democracy.”

Alain’s and France’s profound perspective reflects the world’s: human civilisation has been attacked: along with its life, thought, humour and expression.

Those, now more than ever, will live on.



TruthExcites mourns the victims of the tragic and crazed Paris massacre.

Lives have been stolen — and yet more broken, with senseless, brutal amorality.

This murderous attack on free speech, through assassination of those who satirise Islam or who express views with which some Muslims do not agree, mustn’t win: free speech must continue — or there will be no democratic freedom to defend.

TruthExcites cherishes all free expression, for ALL — including Muslims: debate distills thought, and advances common knowledge.

Truth would like to pay tribute to the writers and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, who paid for this principal with their lives.

… DISCO 2000 …

Deborah Bone’s untimely death is a tragedy for her family, and a sad loss for the nursing profession.

In tribute, TruthExcites would like to celebrate her role, as Jarvis Cocker’s muse, in inspiring Pulp’s “Disco 2000”.

As Britain’s first decade of nonstop hit-music radio reached half-time, this beating fanfare to the common man’s heartache played a small part in uniting 90s music.

Its pulsing, chord-borne massage of love’s aching insights carried all our lonely crushes on a driving climb to open emotion, to self-understanding, and to dry, empathetic humour: to feelings which transcended music genre divides.

Its four-four pistons were perfect DriveTime fuel injection: Britpop DTi.

As track-bumpering jingles still evaporated, the igniting beat would rev, driving electric warmth to the runway — and pressing play: releasing soaring chords to float the pain away, with panoramic euphoria — so often a school disco anaesthetic for a winded heart.

Here, male yearning sought a warm, vivacious beauty.

Deborah’s tragic death leaves us lamenting the loss of the nurturing love that she gave to her family, to nursing, and to all she knew.

It also leaves echoes of DISCO 2000’s longing: urban; authentic through its lonely routine — and deeply, eternally human.

May the music go on.

May Deborah rest in peace.


The BBC News Channel has today interviewed blogger Tom Cheesewright about the EU’s new anti-carbon law for internet-enabled devices to be made to autoswitch to standby when not in use.

Newscaster Gavin Estler devoted several minutes to listening to a list of the marginally energy-saving advantages of the “common sense” proposal — and less than one minute — at the very end — to any possible downsides, like poorly performing devices.

He didn’t even mention lost data, lost connections — and the stolen rights of people to choose what they buy; and to use it as they want.

The EU’s costly, anti-carbon Carry On continues.

Gasbusting bureaucrats are paid to invent groundless, harmful rules throughout Europe — on the basis of a sponsored scientific fairy story.

TruthExcites believes that Europe needs a complete political and journalistic reset to prevent this creeping, talent-choking, people-infantilising power grab.

This should start with more direct accountability — and with removal of the corruption-cushioning state-funding of media.