Category Archives: Trade

Energy Independence

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together”. The words of US publisher Malcolm Forbes. And, when it comes to Poland’s gas needs, diversity of supply to lessen dependence on gas supplies from Russia is the objective, with the longer term … Continue reading

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Unfair Competition

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” The words of Herbert Hoover which while generally acknowledged to be true, are inevitably of little comfort to whichever group is suffering the … Continue reading

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Cake, the Having and Eating thereof

“My Policy on cake is pro having it, and pro eating it.” The words of British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, which while having attracted a certain amount of derision encapsulate what must in reality be the object of any foreign … Continue reading

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New

As Seneca reminds us, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”. In Poland this week it was the end of the new retail tax so soon after its beginning that has caused problems for Poland’s finance minister, Paweł … Continue reading

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The Terminal

“Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighbourhoods.” So remarked George W. Bush and, I suppose, if your neighbourhood is in Texas, you are … Continue reading

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Father

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” So thought economist John Kenneth Galbraith and, had he been alive today, I doubt the succession of meetings on Greece and the Euro would have changed his mind. Who, in … Continue reading

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Food, Inc.

“Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.” So thought Quintilian for whom food really was for thought. And while we are on the subject of … Continue reading

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Tree Without Fruit

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” Thus the famous dictum of Adam Smith, whose 1776 magnum opus, An Inquiry … Continue reading

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What Matters

Nothing matters very much and few things matter at all. So thought that most languid of prime ministers, Arthur Balfour, who succeeded as prime minister his uncle Robert (that’s the third Marquess of Salisbury to you and me) the origin, … Continue reading

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Voice

“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” So Confucius tells us. Two superior – judged solely by the offices they hold at present, of course – men met at the White House in Washington … Continue reading

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