Category Archives: Trade

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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Integration

As Horace reminds us, “Your own safety is at stake when your neighbour’s wall is ablaze.” The current ceasefire notwithstanding, since at least one wall of one of Poland’s neighbours is currently ablaze, is Poland’s safety at stake? Not immediately, … Continue reading

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Shadowlands

“There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.” So believes Stephen Hawking, former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663), and a man regarded as one of … Continue reading

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Pretty Woman

As Mark Twain told us: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” And on the assumption that lies are an example, albeit mild, of moral turpitude, we have now have the prospect of Twain being proved … Continue reading

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Import/Export

In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “No nation was ever ruined by trade.” Indeed, the ability to trade freely is the foundation of economic prosperity. And even the EU, in its own rather bureaucratic dirigiste way puts trade at the … Continue reading

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Trade Routes

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody no good. And the winds of EU sanctions are not so ill as to prevent the flourishing of EU Russia trade in one corner of Europe. Since Moscow imposed an embargo on the … Continue reading

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Doomsday

Last time I ended with the words of Sun Tzu: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. It is clear that President Putin appears to be following this approach. It is less clear how the … Continue reading

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Alcohol

“Wherever the Catholic sun does shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine, at least I have found it so, benedicamus Domino.” So wrote Hilaire Belloc and, when one thinks of the Mediterranean Europe, it is hard to disagree. Poland, … Continue reading

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Export

Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), is one of the most influential books ever written. In those days importing goods from abroad was seen as bad because national wealth (gold and … Continue reading

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The Diplomat

Oscar Wilde is reputed to have said: “I can resist everything except temptation”.  I, however, have resisted the temptation to begin this piece with Sir Henry Wooton’s famous quotation about diplomats and instead offer Edmund Burke’s “Nothing is so fatal … Continue reading

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