About Max

I’m the author of Flypaper for Freaks, Freaking Hired! and Freaked Out, and I’m something of a social observer. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

If you’re looking for mainstream groupthink, I’m not your man.

But an alternative perspective? Read on. Some call it contrarian, but to me it’s just about leaving no stone unturned and widening horizons.

I’ve tried to make the books accessible, so all are free to read on Kindle Unlimited and affordable to purchase on Kindle e-book. There are paperback versions too.

Everything I cover is what I passionately believe people need to know.

I hope that you enjoy them.

Pop Go the Weasels

Some time ago, I raised the possibility that the Black Lives Matter strapline had been appropriated by every fake woke bandwagon-bandit under the sun. It was not a popular suggestion. Neither was the view that many had taken up their woke standpoint after a lifetime of pretending that racism didn’t exist. They were knee-deep in […]

You Don’t Say!

The sleepy town of Nailsea in North Somerset has twice made the news in the last week or so. Firstly, some wag affixed sticky eyes onto a statue of former Wurzels frontman Adge Cutler. Vandal-eyes-ed, as surprisingly nobody said. And now, an anonymous urbane guerrilla has printed out five A4 pages reading ‘It’s ok to […]

Fiscal Clear

Leicester, it seems, has drawn the short straw for ‘second wave’ lockdown regression, but is it all that clear-cut? You might argue that the UK never really went into lockdown in the first place. Of course, the Government issued its guidance and its regulations, and it shut businesses. Yet many pubs remained open, parties continued, […]

Fiefdom of Speech

The Twitter police have been sharpening their pitchforks and have disabled a number of high-profile accounts, most notably those of Katie Hopkins and the writer Graham Linehan. Others who stand firmly outside the liberal thought-orthodoxy circle of trust are next up for a jolly good forking. Inevitably, this has raised a furore about attacks on […]

Pronouns (Ho/Hum)

I’m starting to see this more and more. People introducing their pronouns on their social media profiles and email signatures. All this relates to those who consider themselves non-binary, or who may be transitioning/have transitioned, and who want to make sure that others do not misgender them. They used to be called PGPs or preferred […]

Bannerna Skin

The chap who organised the Burnley banner has been fired by his company, as has his girlfriend. In its statement the bloke’s employer concerned cited the banner ‘and other related issues’. Predictably, this has been interpreted by many within the social media wilderness as an attack on free speech. Whatever the ins and outs – […]

Plane Daft

A banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley!’ was towed by an aeroplane over the Etihad Stadium during Burnley’s game against Manchester City. The plane circled over the stadium five times just after kick-off after players and staff had ‘taken the knee‘ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement moments earlier. Predictably, the reaction to […]

Identity Theft

It has been a challenging time for the UK’s woke wonders, and I’m struggling to keep up with the ebb and flow of social fakery. Pride Month has now almost passed them by, which has left their feather boas whistling in the wind. While they were fixated on their pretence that they were in solidarity […]

One Hundred and Eight…Eh?

There is something afoot with the number 108. The Government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit and a contract awarded to Seaborne Freight at Dover? Worth £108m. The coronavirus contact-tracing contract awarded to Serco? Valued at £108m. The PPE contract awarded to Pestfix? Yup, £108m. Somebody even made an Freedom of Information request to the Department […]

Boxed In

So, what next for the protests? It’s a good question because the road ahead looks bleak. The Government has nestled back into that favoured standby of review/commission mode – that’s route 1 to easy street because it signifies a democratic response to concerns. You spoke and we listened. A good old review always takes away […]


The reaction to racism has sent the UK, along with much of the world, into gestural frenzy. Well, it’s less a reaction to racism and more a reaction to a fear of pointing fingers. Unless, of course, they had never have heard of racism before? Seems unlikely. Now, everybody seems to be checking themselves into […]

All Systems Go?

A rolling Colstone gathers no moss. And so, the debate rolls on, even if the statue itself managed only 30 metres. It is clear that opinion is divided on events, which is fine because what comes next is what counts. But for the moment, let’s consider the now infamous petition for removal. Now, that did […]

Statue of Limitations

So, the controversial statue of the merchant Edward Colston has been tugged down and thrown into Bristol Harbour. There had long been moves to have it either removed to be museum-bound or have a plaque added to its base to reflect his slave-trading past. Both options seemed fair – if there had been enough support […]

Wide Awoke

I was watching coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests on TV and paused to reflect on the point of protests. They don’t after all directly work, because those in power generally don’t give a flying fart about your concerns. If they did, they would typically make a boatload of progress in dealing with them. […]

The New Black

So, black lives matter. Well, they do this week because there’s a big old meaty bandwagon gathering pace and every bloated, comfortable, privileged hypocrite wants to hop on for the ride. If black lives mattered – as a point of social reality – then the Back Lives Matter movement would not need to exist. Make […]

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