No, no, not in Canada, but the Financial Times suggests that the United Kingdom* might go to the polls in early November. The report says that "Boris Johnson would hold a general election in the “days after” the UK has left the EU on October 31 if he is forced to go to the polls … Continue reading A November election?
I see, on the CBC News website, that the UK has revoked the citizenship of Jack Letts, known as Jihadi Jack, a young man whose claim to Canadian citizenship is based on the fact that his father, who has lived in the UK for years, is a Canadian national. It not clear that Jack Letts has … Continue reading So now he’s ours
This post is, mostly, conjecture. I remain convinced that a hard head says that the Brexit is a mistake but I am also persuaded that Britons voted, in a slight majority, with their hearts, not their heads, and I hope they were right. Lawrence Summers, a noted economist, the former president of Harvard University and … Continue reading Alternative history (2): More on the Brexit
Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. "On Oct. 21, voters will choose … Continue reading What Canada needs
The Globe and Mail reports that "Boris Johnson has won the race to become the leader of Britain’s Conservative party and he’s now set to take over as Prime Minister from Theresa May on Wednesday ... [and] ... The former mayor of London defeated his only rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, by 92,153 votes among … Continue reading Good luck
Carl Bildt is the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, and co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored, with Mark Leonard, the recent report ‘From Plaything to Player: How Europe Can Stand Up for Itself in the Next Five Years.' Just the other day he wrote a follow-up for the … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Europe’s Dilemma
I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”