Author Archives: nicholas.richardson

Accusation

“Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.” The words of Edward Coke, the great Elizabethan jurist. How much greater, then, the fault if the bribe be big? For that is the question potentially facing the Polish government … Continue reading

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Energy Cooperation

“Whoever thinks that the European economy can be competitive without economic cooperation with Russia, whoever thinks that energy security can exist in Europe without the energy that comes from Russia, is chasing ghosts.” The words of Viktor Orban, prime minister … Continue reading

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Permanent

“There is nothing permanent except change.” The words of Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, known as the “weeping philosopher” and noted for the obscurity of his work. Be that as it may, and this being Poland, some politicians wish to swap … Continue reading

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Reinstatement

“What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment.” The words of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 to 1835, the longest serving Chief justice in Supreme court history … Continue reading

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Brexit

“Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.” The words of Aesop which have stood the test of over two millennia. A way out of … Continue reading

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Restitution

“As for restitutions, to nobody in particular do I owe any, but as for those I owe to the realm, I hope in the mercy of God.” The words of Louis XIV, the passing of the glories of whose reign … Continue reading

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Inclusive

“Smart, sustainable, inclusive growth is the key to job-creation and the future prosperity of Europe.” The words of Jose Manuel Barroso, former prime minister of Portugal and president of the European Commission who, one assumes, might have known although the … Continue reading

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Gift

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” The words of Seneca, a Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies, who no doubt had in mind the words “timeo Danaos … Continue reading

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Never Freer

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom”. The words of John … Continue reading

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Sustainable

“We need economic growth that is sustainable and job-rich rather than just statistically impressive.” The words of Guy Ryder, the current director-general of the International Labour Organisation. And, he’s right. As technology advances, the challenge will be to find useful … Continue reading

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