Category Archives: Finance

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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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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Projections

“Of course, economic forecasts must be revised when new information arrives and are thus necessarily provisional.” The words of Ben Bernanke, for eight years chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank, which are self-evidently correct and underline the self-evident point … Continue reading

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Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These well-known words of Thomas … Continue reading

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The Economy

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” The words of U.S. President Ronald Reagan which, … 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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Visit

“Conscience is a mother in law whose visit never ends.” So thought American writer H.L. Mencken. And while ministerial visits do end, one might on this occasion wonder about the conscience of the ministers concerned given the attitude of government … Continue reading

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Salary

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” So thought Cicero, and it’s hard to disagree. But, according to Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, who so far has been silent on gardens and … Continue reading

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Future Past

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” The words of George Orwell were eerily true in the dystopian world of 1984, and chillingly ever more true in our own times. For those of … Continue reading

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The Beginning

“If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.” So said Galileo Galilei. Plato himself thought the beginning the most important part of the work. Thus the question, how is the … Continue reading

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