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

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

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

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

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

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

Treason.


With the publication of the FISA memo, you’re going to be getting finely detailed analyses, retrospective construction of the pertinent timelines, what’s actually in it and so on. Instead of following that route, I’d like to make some general observations, drawn from my own experiences dealing with similar but more modest situations, about how the … Continue reading

The Schumer Shutdown.


I always had an interest in politics for a variety of reasons. It was an area of human endeavour that seemed to have levels of perception about it that were dependent on the level of interest the person you happened to be talking to had in politics. That spectrum of awareness ranged from complete and … Continue reading

Silence doesn’t mean approval, nor does it mean acceptance.


If like me, you were taken aback if not totally astonished at some of the public displays of hysteria in the aftermath of Trump’s election victory, and then the even bigger ramp up of histrionics in the lead up to his inauguration day in late January of this year, you do have to wonder if there’s … Continue reading

Find them, fix them and then destroy them.


In general, you arrive in an open conflict situation in one of three ways. Someone unexpectedly comes after you, someone you were expecting to come after you does so or you decide to to go after someone yourself. The term conflict situation as used here covers all the sins; interpersonal strife, business rivalry, trade wars and … Continue reading

When you go looking for trouble, you’ll find it.


A man once lifted me over his head and then threw me over a bar to crash into the optics and rows of glasses behind it. He was a big brute of a bastard and was used to being the boss of the bar. Roughing up smaller guys was his pastime and reinforced his alpha … Continue reading

Islamic terrorism.


In the light of the latest Islamic terrorism atrocity in London, you can watch the same tired old excuse machine cranking up. First off, it wasn’t terrorism but an unstable person, then maybe it was, then while the names of the dead and the injured are filtering out, the name of the terrorist mysteriously doesn’t … Continue reading

Goodbye and good riddance Obama.


Obama was a president who came in with a large popular mandate but who managed to squander it within a few short years and with it legislative control of Congress. I don’t intend to go into the exact process of incompetence, blunder and giving offence in all directions by which he did it, but he set … Continue reading

To get and not to get.


I recall reading an American political columnist in the eighties discussing Ronald Reagan and how so many people both in America and Europe didn’t “get” him. It was very true. As far as they were concerned, he was just some “B” movie actor who was totally unqualified to be President of the United States. When you stop … Continue reading

The spoilt brat complex.


It’s an experience we’ve all had; meeting a child who can only be described as a spoilt brat. Every kid has an off day when they’re just being angry and unreasonable and most parents cope with that situation in their stride until the kid returns to normal, whatever that might be for the particular child. The … Continue reading

On leadership, Brexit, Trump, the New Politics and what dreams may come.


I once saw a man deliberately putting himself in harm’s way. It was an incredibly courageous thing to do. I talked with him not long afterwards and he told me that sometimes when you’re the leader and everyone knows the situation is hopeless, you just have to damn well stand up and lead. It’s the only way … Continue reading

An analysis of the Trump election victory.


A few days ago, all the pundits and experts were telling the world that there was no way Trump could win and assuring us with 95% certainty that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Now, exactly the same bunch of media-savvy, televisual, every fang capped, not a harsh word of disagreement between the lot of them, … Continue reading

The American election of 2016.


“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.” That is the opening sentence of the introduction to the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and … Continue reading

Betrayal by those you once trusted.


If you’ve ever been inside electoral politics or have learnt to leave aside whatever doctrinal leanings you have and actually take a hard look at whatever candidate you fervently support, you soon realise that whatever the political stripe they are, they all share the common attribute of having a public persona and a private one. … Continue reading