Category Archives: Diplomacy

Forest

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.” The words of author Gunter Grass. And as far as Poland’s primaeval … Continue reading

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Emigration

“A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.” The words of economist Thomas Malthus which ring as true today – perhaps even more loudly – as they did in the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Crash

“The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; high towers fall with a heavier crash; and lightning strikes the highest mountain.” The words of Horace which remind us that accidents happen even to the highest in the land. Or, … Continue reading

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Growth

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” These the positive words of that that most positive of U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan. And he is right, although all too many … Continue reading

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Candidate

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” The words of philosopher Bertrand Russell which, albeit tending to cynicism, is probably true. As L.P. Hartley began the Go Between: “The past is a foreign … Continue reading

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Crusade.

“Radicals don’t care about the institutions. They are looking for an ideological crusade. Traditions don’t matter.” The words of American academic Norman Ornstein which some might consider apposite when considering the current Polish government’s quest to create the right sort … Continue reading

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Security

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” The words of Douglas MacArthur. And, on the threats from without, Thomas … 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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Residence

“Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.” … Continue reading

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No Cause for Concern

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” The words of Abraham Lincoln, Republican president, will no doubt be remembered by the Democratic Party in in the United States as its … Continue reading

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