As Article 50 is triggered many of us take a long view. On BBC Radio 4 The Long View makes a comparison with the overtures made by Elizabeth I to Turkey, Asia and North Africa to open trade routes. You can hear it on iPlayer so it would be otiose to go on about that. Continue reading The Long View
I am going, metaphorically, to skate on thin ice. I don’t know much about Obama’s health care legislation or Trump’s proposed but rejected reforms. Continue reading Democracy or Dominant Minority?
The phoney war’s almost over, in a few days we will face the crunch. I am realistic about the complexity and pessimistic about the effect of the UK’s departure from the EU. Continue reading The Crunch
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Continue reading Other Men’s Flowers
Mabel Strickland (1899 – 1988) has been dubbed the uncrowned queen of Malta, not unjustifiably. Continue reading Mabel Strickland and Uncle Ralph
This is what came through my letter box. “No cuts, no closures, no privatisation.” What are these ninnies on about? Continue reading How to Save the NHS
I cannot contain my irritation at the protests about President Trump being invited to come here on a State Visit. Like people who commit crime in multi-storey car parks – it’s wrong on so many levels. Continue reading Welcome, Mr President
At the beginning of Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, the author and narrator (Jerome K Jerome) recounts that he has the symptoms of every disease from ague to zymosis – except housemaid’s knee. Perhaps he also had hypochondria – I know I do. Continue reading The Heart of the Matter
Happy new year from a wet, windswept London. It’s a time of resolutions and prognostications for 2017 in the media but here at Blog Bellew HQ we take a longer perspective. Continue reading Taking a Long View
President Obama has ordered thirty-five Russian diplomats based in Washington to leave the country. What a feeble gesture compared to the magnificent score Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath notched up in 1971. Ninety in one innings and fifteen extras, as Sir Alec may have put it. Continue reading Cold War Curtain-Raiser