Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?
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
It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's white paper on foreign policy, 'A Foreign Policy for Canadians,' as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way to … Continue reading Resetting our foreign policy
Ever since the Brexit became a reality (when Boris Johnson won a solid majority), I have wondered about the fates of Ireland and Scotland. Now, The Economist has taken up the issue in an article in the most recent edition. "For most of the century since Ireland gained independence from Britain," the article says, "control … Continue reading Irish unity?
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
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, The Economist argues, faces an uphill battle with the European Union. The coming trade negotiations between London and Brussels "will not be easy to resolve ... [the article says, because] ... The British side says it is intolerable to impose more arduous conditions than those Canada has to accept .. … Continue reading The hardest possible Brexit
CANZUK is an idea that has been floating around for a while now ... I started talking about it some 3½ years ago when I read an article by Dr Andrew Lilico in the Financial Post. His idea was, and remains, simple: The British, he said, voted to leave the EU because they "did not … Continue reading CANZUK, again
So, as I post this, it is February 1st 2020 in London and that means that Brexit is here. I guess that congratulations are in order. Going back almost four years, I was sceptical about Brexit, in economic terms, but I argued, then, that the European Union was ~ and in my considered opinion still … Continue reading Congratulations!
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
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