Monthly Archives: September 2014

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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General Assembly

“The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible”. Thomas Hardy, whose novels set in a fictional Wessex constitute the best collection of characters coursing inexorably to inescapable … Continue reading

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Pipeline

“Thou knowest, winter tames man, woman, and beast.” So wrote Shakespeare. And as the summer recedes is General Winter, hitherto Russia’s great defender (if you happened to be Bonaparte or Hitler) preparing to go on the attack to tame those … 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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Good Neighbours

“For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbour.” And, if we accept these words … Continue reading

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