On size does not fit all

There is a thoughtful essay on the Brooking Institution‘s website by Spanish politician and diplomat Javier Solana entitled “The flip side of Euro-Atlantic integration,‘ which will allow me to return to one of my favourite themes: Europe needs a multi-tiered socio-economic and political superstructure because, as the Brexit proves, one size does not fit all, whichContinue reading “On size does not fit all”

Reaching out (2)

There is an important blog post in The Spectator by Paul Goodman, editor of ConservativeHome, which I hope Andrew Scheer and the Conservative Party of Canada braintrust will take to heart. It is headlined: “How the Conservatives can win back young voters.” It’s something the Conservative party of Canada must do. In the last election JustinContinue reading “Reaching out (2)”

Reaching out

I was so glad to see this picture on social media … … and this one, too … … because it means that Andrew Scheer is reaching out, past the Conservatives’ middle aged and senior citizen, white, male firm base. It reminds us of Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney a few years ago … showingContinue reading “Reaching out”

Head in the sand

The Toronto Star reports, in an article by Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thrown cold water on suggestions the Liberal government wants to sign onto continental ballistic missile defence.” I understand why missile defence is, still, a toxic policy for many Canadians, as I explained, back about aContinue reading “Head in the sand”

More on NAFTA~

So, according to media reports, the US is playing hardball on NAFTA and President Trump suggests (according to CBC News) that, no matter what, “he thinks the U.S. will “end up probably terminating” the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico “at some point” … [because] …  “Personally, I don’t think we can makeContinue reading “More on NAFTA~”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: the threat of political Islam

OK, yet again, as it is day-after-day-after-day, my newsfeed contains a story about another immigrant in another country (Belgium, this time) attacking someone “with a knife shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great), in a case authorities are treating as a terrorist attack.” It’s not an isolated incident … it happened, again, in London, too.  It isContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: the threat of political Islam”

Is this the best that could happen?

There is a provocative (hopeful?) article in The Independent headlined: “Art of the Deal co-author predicts Donald Trump is about to resign.” The article says that “The co-author of Donald Trump’s memoir The Art of the Deal has predicted the US President is going to resign by autumn if not sooner … [and] … Tony Schwartz, who claims toContinue reading “Is this the best that could happen?”

Free trade, again

There is a very useful article in The Times, by Matt Ridely, which is headlined:  [The] “Best hope for free trade is to have principles.” These notions, free (at least freer) trade and principles, are two subjects with which I have dealt again and again, but I offer no apologies for mixing the two andContinue reading “Free trade, again”