Category Archives: Current Affairs

Inflation

“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” The words of John Maynard Keynes, who clearly knew a thing or two about governments and their propensity to … Continue reading

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Good Times

“A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.” The words of Roman poet Horace which seem as accurate a summing up of the human condition as any other. … Continue reading

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No Practical Significance

‘There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” The words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer, poet, and philosopher, inter alia. And while poets and philosophers naturally take that view, others do … Continue reading

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Troops

“War is not only a matter of equipment, artillery, group troops or air force; it is largely a matter of spirit, or morale.” The words of Chinese soldier and president of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek who knew a … Continue reading

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Free Elections

“The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament.” The words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and the sort of slightly disparaging remark one might expect of a French philosopher when gazing wistfully across … Continue reading

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Electoral Victory

“If there be no enemy there is no fight. If no fight, no victory, and if no victory there is no crown.” The words of historian Thomas Carlyle which seen apposite in the light of last week’s elections to the … Continue reading

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Votes

“All the blood is drained out of democracy – it dies – when only half the population votes.” The words of Hunter S. Thompson which seem particularly apposite as we look forward to two elections in Poland – those to … Continue reading

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Cancellation

“We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.” The words of Scots theologian William Barclay which, while no doubt a wise philosophical approach, cut little … Continue reading

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European Elections

“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.” The words of Robert Kennedy which we do well to remember in an age when dissatisfaction with politicians leads to voter apathy and cynicism. … Continue reading

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No to the Euro

“If its anything I can’t stand, it’s yes men.  When I say no, I want you to say no, too.” Words attributed to studio mogul Jack L. Warner, which might be seized upon, without a trace of irony, by any leader … Continue reading

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