Blue-collar conservatism

Aereo is a British left-leaning e-zine (or maybe just a glorified blog) that has been around for just a few years. In a recent (December 2019) article written by its editor, Helen Puckrose and James A Lindsay (both of whom enjoyed a brief moment of fame a year or so ago for writing "20 fake … Continue reading Blue-collar conservatism

Some fallout from the UK election (3): Unity

Timothy Garton Ash,  who is Professor of European Studies at Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, writing in the Guardian, lamenting that the 'Remain' forces have, finally, lost the Brexit battle, notes that "Under Johnson’s EU withdrawal deal, Northern Ireland will … Continue reading Some fallout from the UK election (3): Unity

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 …

Is Macron right?

Following on from yesterday, the Finacial Times says, in an editorial, that French President "Emmanuel Macron has issued a dire warning: an “exceptionally fragile” Europe will disappear “if it can’t think of itself as a global power” ... [and his] ... "alarm call demands careful consideration — even if his plea for an EU defence … Continue reading Is Macron right?

The brain dead alliances

"French president Emmanuel Macron has," an article in the Financial Post says, "opened a rift with Germany and other Nato allies weeks ahead of a vital summit after he warned that the transatlantic security alliance was suffering “brain death”. German chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Mr Macron’s “sweeping blow” against the alliance, in which he strongly … Continue reading The brain dead alliances