More on defence procurement

I have said, more than once, that the current Canadian defence procurement "system" is, to be charitable, a wasteful inefficient, ineffective mess. It is not the fault of civil servants, nor of admirals and generals who do, I suspect, try to push procurement decisions in certain, favoured directions, nor, even, of politicians who want to … Continue reading More on defence procurement

The hedgehog who changed a country

In a famous essay, written in the early 1950s, the great British liberal philosopher Isaiah Berlin commented on an ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Berlin expanded on this notion dealing with the "one big idea" people, from … Continue reading The hedgehog who changed a country

The Hong Kong elections

Hong Kong, where this blog is being written over this winter, matters. It is one of the world's great cities, a veritable city-state with its own membership in many, many international bodies, and a global financial capital. As many may know Hong Kong (population about 7.5 million) just elected a new Chief Executive ~ something … Continue reading The Hong Kong elections

More on Soft Power

Two of my friends, both writing in have picked up on an important idea: One asks ~ "Is it reasonable to suggest that Coca Cola, McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut are more effective at selling America than any government programme?  And," he adds, "they create American jobs both at home and overseas;" The second … Continue reading More on Soft Power

It’s simple enough: no one gives a damn

The National Post, in an unsigned National Post View (editorial) piece asks: "Which branch of the military, exactly, do the Liberals plan to gut this time?" After explaining that underfunding the military and choosing to ignore our commitment aspiration to spend 2% on defence is a bipartisan Canadian political tradition, the Post reviews the current deficiencies: … Continue reading It’s simple enough: no one gives a damn

We have lost a little bit more of our liberty

I am a Conservative ... but that's because I am, in reality a classic, 19th century, Victorian liberal. My liberalism, and, therefore, my adherence to Conservative values, is grounded in John Locke and John Stuart Mill, and in the politics of classic Whigs and Tories like the Duke of Wellington, Edmund Burke, and Disraeli and … Continue reading We have lost a little bit more of our liberty

More on the RCEP ~ and why Canada should act, soon

There is a very useful article in Foreign Affairs that provides a bit of a primer on the world's post-TPP options. It is headlined: "A New Deal in Asia - Can RCEP Pick Up Where the TPP Left Off?" I have suggested before that the RCEP (East Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is the most suitable forum … Continue reading More on the RCEP ~ and why Canada should act, soon