Mixing business and politics.


My father always had what would be called an entrepreneurial streak these days. Given that he was born at the start of the last century, we’re not talking high-tech startups here, but rather knowing he was the youngest son and therefore wouldn’t be inheriting the modest farmstead they’d all been brought up on, he got … Continue reading

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

There will be blood.


I’ve been a blogger for a number of years, and have occasionally been asked why I do it by the few people who know that I do, or can connect me to the Pointman persona I habitually blog under. I always give them the same answer; I want my voice to be heard because so … Continue reading

If we don’t keep those blacks on the plantation, we’re finished.


If you play the politics of colour, a hopelessly biased media has only one slant on it, and that is supposed to be the only approved one as well. If you aren’t white, you have to vote left-wing to escape your victimhood, otherwise you’re Uncle Tomming, and if you’re white and haven’t been guilt tripped … Continue reading

The incurable condition of parenthood.


This year my youngest son attempted to run the London marathon again. It was his second go at it. The first one two years ago ended as I dreaded it would. Love him though I do, and dearly, he’s not a graceful athlete, none of them are because they took no interest in playing sports … Continue reading

Who’s actually running this game?


I’ve said on previous occasions that although Trump habitually likes to seize the initiative in surprising ways when confronted by problems, he’s actually more of a long-term planner. He understands that some problems have a quick fire tactical solution, but other problems have what can only be called inertia. They need patience and can’t be … Continue reading

Bad moves.


There is not a bad situation that can’t be made worse by reacting to it without thinking first. It’s a mistake that’s invariably made by people and organisations that are already under pressure. It’s usually geometric too. As a reaction to the first poor response making the situation worse, a second bad decision is made … Continue reading

The convergence of fake news and entertainment.


A long time ago when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, there was news and there was entertainment; and never the twain would meet. The print newspaper business was already suffering from the encroachment of radio and then television. It takes some time to write a news story, get it typeset, printed, distributed and finally into Joe … Continue reading

The end of the happy time.


In 1940 after the fall of France in WWII, German U-boats were very quickly redeployed from the northern and only coast of Germany, to the west coast of France. Suddenly, their range was increased so dramatically, they could strike out deep into the Atlantic. For the next six months, they sank nearly 300 merchant ships … Continue reading

The South American invasion of the USA is called off.


You may have heard of a march of 1500 people, mainly Honduran, making their way northward through Mexico with the intention of forcing an entrance into America illegally. It’s essentially a political move to force the issue of giving migrants the freedom to just waltz into the country, or at least that’s the hope of … Continue reading

The second great extinction of the liberal dream.


There was something which happened in the 1980s which was variously labeled the death of the liberal dream or the great extinction of the liberal dream. It was much discussed at the time, but you’ll rarely hear of it in any political discussion nowadays. In essence, it was a seismic and global shift away from … Continue reading

Facebook – hero or villain?


When it comes to social media, there are a number of totally unwarranted assumptions being made by the people using it, and some outright lies being told by the providers of such free services. If you’re not terribly knowledgeable about that scene, by social media I mean Facebook, Twitter and any “free” application that allows … Continue reading

Moving purposefully towards the head of the fish.


If you’re like me, and decided you have better things to do than keeping an obsessive track of what seems to be an endless stream of day after day detailed revelations about the corruption and lawlessness of the Obama years, the occasional summary of the events so far that fits the pieces of the puzzle … Continue reading

It’s the parts that make the whole, and it’s greater than the sum.


I was working below the Mason-Dixon line – in Houston, Texas, to be precise. At the time, the tradition along the gulf coast, which I think was a hangover from the no AC days, was to get into work very early, well before the temperature rose to its usual scorcher for the day accompanied on … Continue reading

The Decline and Fall of the Media.


I wrote a piece in December 2016, shortly after Trump’s victory, that was a discussion of the mainstream media’s coverage of the presidential campaign. At its heart, it was a discussion of what a lowly creature it had revealed itself to be. Throughout the whole campaign, the standard of journalism barely scrambled upwards to the … Continue reading

How to turn around a failing economy.


I watched a TV program a few years back, which had Barack Obama standing up before a live studio audience of thirty or so people and answering any questions they might care to throw at him. It was more than obvious the audience were hand-picked not to ask anything awkward, and judging by the slick … Continue reading