Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

I'm afraid that my slight bastardization of Shakespear's line (Macbeth Act 1, scene 4, 7–8) will be overused in the next few days to describe Andrew Scheer's decision to resign as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He did so, we are told, at a special caucus meeting, and then in a graceful speech … Continue reading Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

Cultural climate change: the role of values in society

Sorry to bother you with my own, personal, beliefs, again, but Professor, Rabbi and Lord (Baron) Jonathan Sacks, who has too many titles and honours to list, says, in an article published in Standpoint, that I think is germane as the UK heads to the polls, that "It is a time of political economic and … Continue reading Cultural climate change: the role of values in society

How to help Hong Kong

Kurt Tong is an American diplomat ~ he was the former US Consul General in Hong Kong from 2016 to 2019 ~ and businessman. He has, just recently, written an excellent article in Foreign Affairs in which he lays out what the US (and others) can and cannot do to help preserve Hong Kong's (limited) … Continue reading How to help Hong Kong

Canadians need to pay attention

Following on from my previous post, I suspect that former Governor (South Carolina) and US Ambassador (to the United Nations) Nikki Haley might be President-elect of the United States five years from now. She is, right now, I think, the wholly unofficial but very clear voice of the post-Trump Republicans. She shares many of the … Continue reading Canadians need to pay attention

Everyone needs to hear or read this

This is a video of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks made at Auschwitz. What she says matters: she speaks of "barbaric crimes," and about people who were "humiliated, tortured and murdered," and she says "this is the place where the most horrible crimes against humanity took place." Let us be clear: the victims of these … Continue reading Everyone needs to hear or read this

Scheer’s dilemma

What did Andrew Scheer do in 2019? Well, for a start he led the Conservative Party to be the most popular party in Canada: CPC:                   6,240,000± votes / 34.34% of the popular vote; LPC:                   6,019,000± votes / 33.12% of the popular … Continue reading Scheer’s dilemma

Immigration, again

Sticking with how Canada is similar to Australia, I make no secret of the fact that I favour much increased legal, well-regulated immigration for Canada. I find much that makes good sense in the view of the Century Initiative which aims to grow Canada to 100 million people by the year 2100. Not everyone agrees, … Continue reading Immigration, again