On Willie Sutton, Liberty Valance and Donald Trump.


A longtime contributor to this blog and a good friend, Blackswan, asked me a question recently. Why did I mainly blog about American politics when I live in Europe? As usual, a trenchant thought from that source. My answer came down to something similar to what the American bank robber Willie Sutton allegedly replied to … Continue reading

Europe in crisis and the new politics.


I wrote an article some years back, the main thrust of which, was that unless establishment politics evolved away from its pervasive liberal sentiments, then the rise of very old-fashioned conservative parties was inevitable. This would happen because electorates would become alienated from the established parties of both the right and left, whose unpopular policies … Continue reading

Trade wars.


There’s a way in politics of appearing to say yes, when what you’re actually thinking is there’s no way will you let that happen. It’s a combination of techniques; prevarication, filibustering, devil in the detail tedious scrutiny of the terms of the deal you’re supposed to be all up for making and of course some … Continue reading

It ain’t what you don’t know …


One of my favourite movies is a slightly obscure Western called the Long Riders, which I can recommend highly. It’s a pretty accurate history of the James-Younger gang which probably didn’t reach the fame it should have because of a lack of PR investment at the time it came out, but if you’re a fan … Continue reading

About the November mid-terms.


In the year and a half since he was elected, Trump has delivered big time on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. On the former; unemployment is plunging month on month, wages for the low-paid worker are rising for the first time in twenty years, black and Hispanic unemployment is at never before seen … Continue reading