I was watching the second episode of Yes, Prime Minister in which Bernard explains to Prime Minister, Jim Hacker, that he has not much to do; no department to run, just chairing Cabinet meetings, Prime Ministers questions, and a chat with the Queen on Tuesday evenings. Continue reading Carmen
FTWeekend often provides instructive and profitable insights. An article last weekend seems to be a watershed moment illustrating the former. Continue reading Pigeon Diplomacy
Michael Wolff’s revelations in Fire and Fury about the Trump administration allege, among much else, that Donald Trump and his inner circle did not expect to win the election. This is last year’s news.
It is such old hat that it appeared here in The Truth about Trump posted in July last year. Warning: this post may contain PGW.
For about 200 years, from 1651 until 1849, the so-called Navigation Acts were in force. Continue reading Jones Act
By and large I enjoy the Honours system; sharing the pleasure that the recipients enjoy (having their swimgloat, as James Lees-Milne would say) but … Continue reading Arise, Sir Richard
I want to ponder the geopolitical ambitions of Russia and China, how they differ from each other and how effective they are. Continue reading Panda Power
Disruption is a word that only has negative connotations for me and I expect digital disruption to be the prelude to war. Apparently now it means improvement. I snapped the sign above in Victoria this month. Continue reading Dread Chaos and Eternal Night
I read psychology at Durham and this, in my opinion, qualifies me to put the Chairman of the Workers’ Party in Korea and supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, on the couch in my consulting room. I have just ushered out Homan Potterton who came with a swollen head after his swimgloat surrounding the publication of his latest book. Continue reading In The Psychiatrist’s Chair
Today I am casting my bread upon the waters. TDTDD – I enjoyed writing that, it reminds me of TWTWTW – is a documentary screened, only once, on Channel 4 in 1988. Continue reading The Day The Dream Died
There are two things that stop me blowing my brains out: I gave my godson my gun and I’m so curious to know what happens next in the great page-turner which is the book of life. Continue reading Bang Bang