I think this is it …

Andrew Lilico, the father of the CANZUK proposal, had it about right, I think, a few days ago. I doubt that anyone or anything can stop Britain from crashing out of the EU without any form of a formal agreement, that’s what the “no-deal Brexit” means, on 31 October. It is, for 99% of BritishContinue reading “I think this is it …”

Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that “Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil WarsContinue reading “Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?”

A British, Bexit bombshell

I see that the Financial Times (and every other media outlet) reports that “Theresa May has announced her resignation as Conservative leader, clearing the way for a new UK prime minister to pick up the formidable challenge of delivering Brexit and reuniting a shattered party … [finally, I might add, and] … Mrs May said inContinue reading “A British, Bexit bombshell”

How to effect change

A couple of days ago I said that “Both Ms Wilson-Raybould and Dr Philpott have, for now, at least, remained in the Liberal caucus, where they I think belong … [because, back in 2015] … they signed on to the established Liberal programme, they campaigned as Liberals, they were, both, leaders within that great party andContinue reading “How to effect change”

A G9 … or something?

Ivo H. Daalder, who is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and who served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013, and James M. Lindsay, who is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, have written a provocative essay , headlined, ‘The Committee toContinue reading “A G9 … or something?”

Another view

It is no secret, I am sure, that I have scant regard for US President Donald J Trump. I think he is a bully, a semi-literate buffoon, and a braggart whose limited successes in business have come, largely, at the hands of lenient bankruptcy courts. I think he is a symptom of a deep socio-politicalContinue reading “Another view”

Pragmatists: 1, Romantics: 0

So, it appears, that despite the sudden resignations of David Davis, UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s former Brexit minister and of Boris Johnson, her foreign secretary, that Ms May’s government will stand, with a new, hard-line Brexit minister in the person of Dominic Rabb, at the helm. It look as if, as the Financial TimesContinue reading “Pragmatists: 1, Romantics: 0”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: EU versus NATO? Does it matter?

NATO has always been seen as something of a two edged sword by many European federalists. First, they recognize, that as NATO’s first ever Secretary General, General (Ret’d) Hasting “Pug” Ismay, is reputed to have said, “The role of NATO is to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, the French up and the GermansContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: EU versus NATO? Does it matter?”

Brexit, again, an unfavourable view

It’s been a while since I last discussed the Brexit; way back in mid 2016 I suggested that the very notion of a Brexit was both bad economics and a misreading of history, but the British voters disagreed with me … Now, Philip Stephens, the associate editor and chief political columnist of the Financial Times,Continue reading “Brexit, again, an unfavourable view”

Dark clouds obscure sunny ways

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Davos, as I write, telling the great and the good that Canada is a wonderful place to do business, but Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, offers a darker and more sobering view of Canada’s economy. He acknowledges that the immediate situation, in the opening weeks of 2018,Continue reading “Dark clouds obscure sunny ways”