Category Archives: Politics

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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Coincidence

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” The words of Albert Einstein. And whether or not God chooses to remain anonymous, the European Commission Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, does not.  He was hitting back on Sunday at accusations of political bias from … Continue reading

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Poland’s Future

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Words attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, which may or may not … Continue reading

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Global Peace

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” The words of George Washington, first president of the United States and a soldier, so somebody who might be expected to know a thing or two … Continue reading

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Historic

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” The words of Thomas Jefferson which have particular resonance in this part of the world where the history of the past is all too often, among … Continue reading

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Defiance

“While politicians may be forgiven for failing to predict the future – who can, alas? – it is amazing that they defiantly ignore the past.” The words of novelist Michael Korda which, while they seem to apply in general, perhaps … Continue reading

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Pledges

“Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.” The words of Sophocles, which most politicians, nay most voters, would do well to remember. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is not shying away … Continue reading

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