Monthly Archives: September 2016


“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York,” the well-known opening lines of Shakespeare’s Richard III. In Poland, the summer has ended and absent a son of York, the stage seems set for … Continue reading

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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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Not Important

That most languid of British Prime Ministers, Arthur Balfour, whose joining his uncle Robert’s cabinet (that’s the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury to you and me) is the origin the phrase “Bob’s your uncle”, said that “nothing matters very much, and … Continue reading

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“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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