Where are we? (7)

So, I saw this in the Newcastle Herald: “There was a tinge of sadness this week as the chapter closed on one of the Australian Defence Force’s most enduring combat aircraft, the Williamtown-based classic F/A-18 Hornet … [and] … A mainstay of Williamtown RAAF Base’s exemplary No. 77 Squadron, the Hornets are being grounded as …

My hopes for new leadership

In just a very few days the Conservative Party of Canada will have a new leader. It will, I am almost 100% certain be one of these three (I put how I, personally, ranked them on each image ~ and I explained my choices a few weeks ago): The pundits have been saying, from the …

If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything … or so the Liberals hope, anyway

Paul Waldie, writing in the Globe and Mail about the rise and fall of the We Charity, quotes Prince Harry, speaking at a WE Day event in London, last year: ““You guys know if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” Harry told the screaming audience.” And he’s right, you know. That is …

My choice

It has not exactly been an inspiring race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but then neither was the last one. Part of the perceived problem was the global pandemic but part of it was a quite unreasonable and, in fact, unreasoned, desire to have some newsworthy “fireworks.” Instead, four reasonable people debated four reasonable …

Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: “The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time.” It’s not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that “in this century, …

Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe “is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven … [and] … Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors …

Why does this not surprise me?

This article in the National Post just caused me (and many of my friends and former colleagues with, in total, centuries of experience in National Defence Headquarters)  to shrug. You might have looked for at least an eye-roll, but, no, all it rated was a shrug. What didn’t surprise anyone? Well, according to the Canadian …

Is China offering a swap? What will Justin do?

Aadil Brar, a Canadian freelance journalist, speculates in an article in The Diplomat, that “Experts believe that letting Meng return to China will ease domestic tensions within Canada, and it could result in the release of detained Canadians. Chinese state media has repeated the line that the ball is in Canada’s court, which is also considered …

The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party’s HQ all read and take …

Not racist, just dumb

Recent comments by Conservative MP and leadership candidate Deek Sloan have caused quite a stir: Mr Sloan has tried to explain that his remarks were not based on Dr Theresa Tams’ sex or race but, rather, on her actions during the COVID-19 emergency when she appeared to be too strenuous in toeing the WHO and …