Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Gravy Train

“Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.” The words of the late Senator Edward Kennedy – and he would know – are worth reflecting on as we ponder the growing disenchantment with politicians in … Continue reading

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Shadowlands

“There could be shadow galaxies, shadow stars, and even shadow people.” So believes Stephen Hawking, former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663), and a man regarded as one of … Continue reading

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Goose

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing”. Sensible advice from Jean Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Finance under Louis XIV, and advice … Continue reading

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Visa

It’s not every day one has the opportunity to mark a six hundredth anniversary of anything – my Oxford college managed its five hundredth five years ago – especially if a country has had a history as difficult as Poland’s. … Continue reading

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