Brexit (7) “neutral to moderately negative for the UK, but devastating for the EU”

Wolfgang Münchau, who is an Associate Editor of the influential Financial Times and a well known author/commentator and expert on the Eurozone, weighs in through an article in the Financial Times that begins by saying that: "The UK’s vote to leave the EU will not only break the ties between the UK and the bloc, and probably … Continue reading Brexit (7) “neutral to moderately negative for the UK, but devastating for the EU”

Brexit (4 (…or 5 or is it 6 or 7?)): The fallout and a big lesson

So, it's decided, sort of, maybe ... ... and the elites and the informed and the chattering classes all have a weekend to settle themselves. The headlines were interesting ...   ... reflecting a range of opinion in Britain and Europe. But let's all take a deep breath. While, we are told by good, reliable … Continue reading Brexit (4 (…or 5 or is it 6 or 7?)): The fallout and a big lesson

Leaders

As we, Conservatives, contemplate the challenge of restoring good, sound, principled government to Canada we must select a new party leader. Many hoped that Rona Ambrose, the interim leader would seek the permanent job but she has decided that her (current) role is to lead while the party builds for the future. My friend The … Continue reading Leaders

Gone?

This just about says it all,  suppose ... ... but the implications, for other countries where (slim) majorities or large minorities are anti-EU ... ... are worrisome. We must, also, wonder if Britain can stay as a United Kingdom in the wake of the Brexit vote. For now, as Facebook says about some human relationships, "It's complicated" … Continue reading Gone?

Cornerstone or stumbling block?

Almost ten years ago, when we, in the broad 'military community' were quite occupied with Afghanistan, some friends on Army.ca suggested that Canada needed to take a new direction in foreign policy, something like a pacific strategy, and they asked a question: is NATO still a cornerstone of our foreign policy, as it was from about … Continue reading Cornerstone or stumbling block?

Dealing with Da’esh

Faced with this sort of thing ... ... we have seen, in the broadest terms, had two sort of reactions: King Abdullah II of Jordan wanted to, as I suggested elsewhere, "bomb 'em back into the stone age;" and he (Jordan) is as close to a real friend as Canada has anywhere in the Middle … Continue reading Dealing with Da’esh