Monthly Archives: October 2020

Going with the flow

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British Militarism: 1919

The British empire grew after the war, despite US president Woodrow Wilson’s self-determination principle. This was intended to break empires up. Needless to relate the only empires broken up were those of the losers: Austria-Hungary, Germany, the Ottomans and Russia. … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson makes a decision

St Peter said, “I’d like to let you in, but God says you’ve got to choose between Hell and Heaven.” He took Boris to the elevator. Down there he met thousands of friends. They hugged him and reminisced about the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Martin Williams ~ Parliament Ltd: A Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics (2017)

The Daily Telegraph’s expose* of MP’s expenses shook Britain. MPs were engaged, as a group in shameless systemic fraud. It sickened the public and destroyed the reputation of them all, the innocent and the guilty. There were significant changes to … Continue reading

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Who is this haggard old man?

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Conservative Economic Policies 2010-20: The FTSE 100’s Judgement

The FTSE 100 index lists Britain’s largest companies by capitalisation, it’s dynamic reflecting the state and shape of the economy. Some sectors are over represented but the FTSE is what it is.* The FTSE reflects creative destruction with the old … Continue reading

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The very first ‘Boycott’: Ireland 1880

Boycott described his travails in a letter to the editor of the Times of London: On the 22d of September a process-server, escorted by a police force of 17 men, retreated on my house for protection, followed by a howling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert J Shiller ~ Narrative Economics: How stories go viral & drive major economic events (2019)

Shiller is a rock-star economist, Nobel Prize winner with an intellectual fan club. His books, lectures and interviews are eagerly looked forward to and this book is no exception. Unfortunately it’s a let down. The book reads like a series … Continue reading

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Harold Wilson: Britain’s greatest prime minister post-1945

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The Royal Navy’s Final Delusion

Currently Trident missilesubmarines and Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers are being built for tens of billion pounds. Neither have a strategic purpose. Britain can’t initiateor repulseconflict independently. Since the Falklands war in 1982, all eleven conflicts where Britain has fought have … Continue reading

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