China is a bully

"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully

The right thing to do?

John Ibbitson, who is described as "a writer-at-large" for the Globe and Mail (I think that means senior columnist who is given carte balance on topics) and David Parkinson, who is the Good Grey Globe's economics columnist have, in an opinion piece, opened the pandora's box of a universal basic income. Bravo! And medals for … Continue reading The right thing to do?

Doing the right thing, doing that thing right

It's only a small programme, only a few million dollars, but the Government of Ontario's Connecting Links programme is the right thing to do, pandemic or not, and it's being done in the right way: the (relatively rich) province is helping some (relatively poorer) municipalities (not including the big cities of Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto) … Continue reading Doing the right thing, doing that thing right

Strategy vs Tactics

I have commented, very often, on grand strategy, strategy in various fields and tactics, also in many different fields. It has always seemed to me that both America and China were good at grand strategy. I think we saw two "master classes" in the 1940s, when Roosevelt, Stimson, Knox and Marshall set out the aims … Continue reading Strategy vs Tactics

Is India the answer?

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Vijay Sappini, in the Toronto Sun in which the author suggests that "As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads over the world, governments are struggling to grapple with the scale of the crisis and to get ahead of it when and where possible ... [and] ... A direct consequence of the crisis has been … Continue reading Is India the answer?

Follow the money

The CBC quotes the very credible C.D. Howe Institute saying: "Canada is officially in a recession that's been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the C.D. Howe Institute's Business Cycle Council declared Friday ... [because] ... The council, which monitors recessions and recoveries in Canada, said the economy peaked in February, just before drastic measures to slow … Continue reading Follow the money

Trudeau failed

A few weeks ago, I wondered if Australia had gotten things right or, at least had gotten things better than Canada had in its response to the opening rounds in the novel coronavirus pandemic. "In this specific case," I concluded, back in very early March, "in Australia, the balance between science and policy seems, to … Continue reading Trudeau failed