A utilitarian response

I self-identify as both a classical liberal and as a utilitarian. I believe that good public policy and good individual, personal choices are grounded in the notion of doing the greatest good for the greatest number. I am also a septuagenarian, closer to being 80 than 75, and I must accept that the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading A utilitarian response

A vital step

The Financial Times reports that "Boris Johnson has warned he is ready to walk away from trade talks with the EU and sacrifice the interests of British business if Brussels insists on a deal that compromises the UK’s ability to set its own rules." In effect, Prime Minister Johnson has fired "a warning shot [at] … Continue reading A vital step

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

So, here we are …

... not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the "roaring '20s" dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World War … Continue reading So, here we are …

Some fallout from the UK election (2): Separatism

I see an interesting piece on the BCC News website by Sarah Smith, the Scotland Editor,* in which she says that Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister (premier) of Scotland and leader of the separatist Scottish National Party, says that while "she won't pretend that every single person who voted SNP necessarily supports independence ... she … Continue reading Some fallout from the UK election (2): Separatism

A bit of fallout from the UK election (1): Mary Ng

It seems to me that Canadians need to take a lot more interest in this lady ⇐ Mary Ng. Ms Ng is Justin Trudeau's newly minted Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. (It's a bit of an upgrade for her, she was, previously, the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. Jim … Continue reading A bit of fallout from the UK election (1): Mary Ng

And it’s …

... Boris Johnson by a good, solid margin, according to the very early returns and exit polls. Prime Minister Johnson appears to have the solid majority (forecast to be 86 seats more than the combined opposition)* that he needs to make the Brexit happen. It's not a landslide but it is, it seems to me, … Continue reading And it’s …