Author Archives: nicholas.richardson

Attack

“Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.” The words of Niccolo Machiavelli which are, perhaps, not inapposite when considering the latest intervention – the suggestion by a … Continue reading

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Safe

“An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.” The words of the Roman poet, Phaedrus, which are suddenly apposite as the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, said on Tuesday morning that there will be a government reshuffle within the … Continue reading

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More Money

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” The words of John Ruskin which spring to mind when one contemplates the plight of Poland’s doctors. Doctors generally show thought and kindness … Continue reading

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Future

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” The words of George Bernard Shaw which might, perhaps, have been in the mind of Poland’s President Duda, as he contemplates the … Continue reading

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Progress

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” The words of Benjamin Franklin. And since governments are ever keen to boast of continual growth and progress, one might ask how much economic progress … Continue reading

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Listening

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” The words of Ernest Hemingway, which women would say apply to most men and which the rest of us would say apply to … Continue reading

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Reform

“Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.” The words of French philosopher Albert … Continue reading

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Justice

“Justice in the life of the state is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.” The words of Plato, and whatever feelings of justice may reside on the hearts and souls of Polish … Continue reading

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Dictator

“Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.” The words of Demosthenes, which no doubt the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, had in mind as she delivered her latest broadside against the European Union, with dictatorship and … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding

“It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.” The words of French poet, Charles Baudelaire. And when it comes to a lack of understanding which, in life … Continue reading

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