Wishing him well

So, Britsh Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the Intensive Care Unit as he battles the COVID-19 infection. I'm sure all people of goodwill, no matter what their political leanings, will all wish him well. His Foreign Secretary and unofficial deputy Dominic Raab has assumed day-to-day control of the British government. Mr Raab, a lawyer, … Continue reading Wishing him well

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that "The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic … Continue reading Lies, damned lies and statistics

The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation

A utilitarian response

I self-identify as both a classical liberal and as a utilitarian. I believe that good public policy and good individual, personal choices are grounded in the notion of doing the greatest good for the greatest number. I am also a septuagenarian, closer to being 80 than 75, and I must accept that the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading A utilitarian response

A vital step

The Financial Times reports that "Boris Johnson has warned he is ready to walk away from trade talks with the EU and sacrifice the interests of British business if Brussels insists on a deal that compromises the UK’s ability to set its own rules." In effect, Prime Minister Johnson has fired "a warning shot [at] … Continue reading A vital step

Irish unity?

Ever since the Brexit became a reality (when Boris Johnson won a solid majority), I have wondered about the fates of Ireland and Scotland. Now, The Economist has taken up the issue in an article in the most recent edition. "For most of the century since Ireland gained independence from Britain," the article says, "control … Continue reading Irish unity?

The 5G dilemma

In the midst of the turmoil caused by climate-activists shutting down important parts of the Canadian economy, and Justin Trudeau's ongoing failure to even try to act like a grownup, much less like a leader, other issues are liable to be forgotten. But, I see, according to an article in the Globe and Mail, that … Continue reading The 5G dilemma