The empire strikes back

These days, Britain, even pre-Brexit Britain, may be a bit of a timid, shopworn, toothless lion … … the BBC reports that the mangy old beast can, still, rise up and do the right thing. The report says that “NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief says … [and]Continue reading “The empire strikes back”

Is the Nexit the next exit?

In the wake of the Brexit many people have speculated about who will be next: Ireland seems a popular choice. But, in an article in the Sunday Express, Simon Osborne suggests that it might be the Netherlands. He says that Geert Wilders, the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid –Continue reading “Is the Nexit the next exit?”

Another thought for prospective Conservative leaders

With thanks to my good friend The Regimental Rogue for the idea and graphic … before we can move all the mountains that need shifting ~ the fiscal, social policy, trade, foreign policy, infrastructure, government services and defence mountains ~ we need to be elected to govern, again. To do that we need, first, to convince mostContinue reading “Another thought for prospective Conservative leaders”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle East … What if?

There is a very interesting animated talk on The Atlantic that challenges a very common assumption, one which I hold and which I have presented here and in, about Islam in the 21st century: it will need to (and Muslims will want to) undergo a reformation and enlightenment. Shadi Hamid (PhD, Oxford), the author of theContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle East … What if?”

A thought for prospective Conservative leaders

We, Canadian Conservatives, want you, would-be CPC leaders, to move mountains: fiscal mountains, social policy mountains, foreign and defence policy mountains, infrastructure mountains … and so on. But Canadians, by and large, don’t want the mountains blown up and hauled away in monster trucks, the prospect of HUGE, radical, explosive change frightens them … …Continue reading “A thought for prospective Conservative leaders”

The Liberal budget gets worse

It has been a few months since I last commented on the Liberal budget, and i was pretty unimpressed then. Now The Business News Network (BNN) reports that TD Banks economists are waring that the cumulative deficit in this first (hopefully last) Trudeau term will be $16.5 worse that Finance Minister Bill Morneau forecast. The FinanceContinue reading “The Liberal budget gets worse”


There has been considerable discussion, most of it positive, about the court martial of Major General Michael Rouleau, commander of Canada’s  Special Operations Forces Command. His sentence was lighter than many expected, lighter than those imposed on others who did not, immediately, take full responsibility for their actions and, instead, tried to hind behind excuses.Continue reading “Leadership”

More on the Brexit (probably #15+): strategic and tactical errors

The Economist reports that “in a statement and, later, a full debate this week David Davis, the Brexit secretary, rejected repeated demands by MPs that Parliament should have a vote over the invocation of Article 50 of the EU treaty, the legal route to Brexit. Article 50 sets a two-year deadline after which Britain willContinue reading “More on the Brexit (probably #15+): strategic and tactical errors”