Politics & Economics

How could I forget his birthday?

How could I forget his birthday?

April 29, 2017 at 9:57 am 0 comments

You know how it is. All sorts of petty concerns get in one’s way, and somebody’s birthday slips one’s mind. So here’s a belated happy birthday to Russia’s beloved statesman. Vlad Lenin, the founder of the very same Soviet Union Vlad Putin wants to recreate, thereby reversing “the greatest geopoliticalRead More

St George, pray for us

St George, pray for us

April 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm 1 comment

It’s St George’s Day today, and we must all hope that the saint hasn’t yet withdrawn his patronage from England. This is sorely needed, for the country is under attack from all sorts of dragons. This format doesn’t allow compiling a complete taxonomy, so I’ll just focus on the politicalRead More

KGB Vlad honours Ivan the Terrible

KGB Vlad honours Ivan the Terrible

October 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm 1 comment

Every country honours its iconic personages, those seen to have served the nation particularly well. And the choice of icons is telling. The English erect statues to Nelson. The French, to Louis XIV. The Italians, to Garibaldi. Acting in the same spirit, Putin’s government has just unveiled a statue toRead More

Twilight of the democracies

Twilight of the democracies

September 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm 0 comments

When democracies fail to deliver, all bets are off. We stand on a threshold.  We are teetering on a brink. Something momentous is upon us.  Think December 26, 1991: the collapse of the Soviet Union. Think something on that scale. Think, furthermore, not of being onlookers at the fall of someone else’s world. Imagine,Read More

General Rose should do a Colonel Pride

General Rose should do a Colonel Pride

February 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm 0 comments

Unlike today’s spivs who stack parliamentary votes by knavish trickery, Colonel Thomas Pride was a straightforward man of action. When in 1648 it looked likely that the Long Parliament would vote the wrong way, the good colonel moved in with his troops and removed those MPs who hadn’t seen theRead More

Walesa is no news in the news

Walesa is no news in the news

February 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm 0 comments

Our papers’ unquenchable thirst for regurgitating yesterday’s news is nothing short of amazing. That Lech Walesa was in cahoots with Służba Bezpieczeństwa, the Polish secret police, has been mooted since 1989, when he was universally hailed as the heroic liberator of Poland. His codename in the Służba, Bolek, was alsoRead More

Hitchens’s attack on Ukrainian independence

Hitchens’s attack on Ukrainian independence

February 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm 1 comment

The other day I suggested that trying to support a wrong proposition can make even intelligent people sound silly. Any defence of Russia’s aggression against the Ukraine does just that. Witness Peter Hitchens, who generally makes sense when arguing in favour of supportable propositions, such as leaving the EU orRead More

The EU debate is lost no matter who wins

The EU debate is lost no matter who wins

February 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm 1 comment

The less I say about the sick, pathetic joke that goes by the name of Dave’s deal with the EU, the better. Our papers are bulging with the details of this travesty, and there’s little one can add. Regular readers of this space know that I predicted something along theseRead More

Nothing like the EU to inspire idiocy

Nothing like the EU to inspire idiocy

February 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm 0 comments

Actually, this isn’t fair, it’s not just the EU. Defending any unsound proposition can make even an intelligent person sound silly. Take atheism, for example. Someone who doesn’t believe in God may be bright, within certain limits. But even an extremely intelligent man sounds idiotic when he tries to defendRead More

Russian totalitarianism and British naivety

Russian totalitarianism and British naivety

October 22, 2015 at 9:10 am 0 comments

Oscar Wilde said that the best way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Unfortunately many Brits use this method for getting rid of the fascist temptation. When they find something wrong with Her Majesty’s government, they turn their thoughts not to restoring history’s greatest constitution butRead More