Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

A fundamental shift?

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?

Exactly right, again.

I still have nothing helpful to say about the Covid-19 crisis, except to ask all my readers to obey the laws and to follow the advice given to us by medical professionals. I will say that I worry a bit that a government that I believe is both inept and corrupt will recall Parliament and … Continue reading Exactly right, again.

The smart path

About a week ago, before the COVID-19 virus dominated every discussion, The Spectator said that "Not long ago, Brexit used to dominate every debate. Now, it’s climate change. Political discussions can’t take place these days without some reference to the Government’s big mission: the legally-binding commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Britain was … Continue reading The smart path

Canada was highjacked

Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, tells us that "Theresa Tait Day, a former Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader, told MPs a pipeline project had been “hijacked” by five male chiefs and criticized Liberal cabinet ministers for making a secret deal with them." That's what I have thought ever since this business began; I've been saying, … Continue reading Canada was highjacked

Trudeau’s best hope

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, warns that "Financial crises can benefit a party in government, if voters decide the leader is capable and committed ... [as they did, he says, with only Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper over the last 65 years] ... More often, they’re a political disaster ... [and, he … Continue reading Trudeau’s best hope

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?