Funny foreigners and their crafty voting habits

3rd April 2018 7

The House of Lords several times vetoed an EU demand that elections to Strasbourg in Britain abandon first-past-the-post and instead adopt an electoral system favoured by Brussels, a version of the cleverly-named ‘proportional representation’ (PR) method. Of course the EU got its way in the end. Perhaps Agent Blair threw the hereditary peers out just to put a stop to … [Read on]

Whisky in the Jar; Ireland’s Coming Smuggling Boom

23rd August 2017 1

An enormous economic opportunity might soon peacefully enrich millions of Irish people, if a certain couple of organisations don’t gobble up most of it instead.  Right now we are hearing absurd claims that potential EU problems with the Northern-Irish / Republic-of-Ireland border are somehow the responsibility of Britain’s “foolish and irresponsible” decision to leave the pact. This is completely wrong: … [Read on]

‘Yes we can do nothing’

8th May 2017 0

We hear a lot of analysis of recent and forthcoming elections: which disappointed voters chose Trump in November, why Macron’s policies appeal to France, is Merkel leader of the free world, and so on. Even with pollsters misjudging majorities, it still sounds fairly scientific. There’s something curious beneath the surface though. The weird pieties of our age – “3rd wave” … [Read on]

What do you mean?

2nd May 2017 1

We hear a lot of analysis of recent and forthcoming elections: which disappointed voters chose Trump in November, why Macron’s policies appeal to France, is Merkel leader of the free world, and so on. Even with pollsters misjudging majorities, it still sounds fairly scientific. There’s something curious beneath the surface though. The weird pieties of our age – “3rd wave” … [Read on]

Mark Griffith: Draining the Deep State

21st February 2017 0

Rumours that Donald Trump was assisted in last November’s election by Russian hackers have reached frantic levels, and several US intelligence agencies seem to have fallen behind this project. It might be too soon to suggest that an American ‘deep state’ is attempting a slow-motion coup against the flamboyant builder of gold-plated office blocks. Nonetheless, what used to be called … [Read on]

Year of the Trumpster

1st February 2017 2

This February, China’s traditional calendar enters the Year of the Cockerel – or Rooster. Even more, within their zodiac it’s a year of the fire rooster (the last fire rooster year was 1957), associated with responsibility at work, precise timekeeping, and (wait for it) getting things done. In honour of this new year a shopping mall in China a few … [Read on]

Swiss francs on the Rates

30th January 2017 2

Brexit taught us two things. Firstly, many pro-EU Britons fear for their red-tape careers and get a submissive thrill out of taking the side of foreigners. Secondly, we learned real Britons buy and invest more just on the strength of added freedom to come, even if they know working round the euro-quislings will take time. So rather than just trying … [Read on]

Christmas, Scrooge, & The Internet

26th December 2016 3

Charles Dickens’ tale ‘Christmas Carol’ is rightly popular this time each year, but widely misunderstood. Almost everyone misconstrues what his nightmare visits by the three ghosts actually teach him. Children at Christmas frankly express joy at getting things they desire. We grown-ups laugh indulgently, yet dimly know acquisitive materialism is one of the major causes of human unhappiness. Although we … [Read on]

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