Saturday, June 30, 2007
A Sharp Lesson
Sentence Of The Day
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Away For A Few Days
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Abide With Me
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Men Of Bronze
Johannes Huth, KKR's -German head of Europe, works in London, but is one of those not believed to be tax-domiciled in the UK. Neither is Oliver Haarmann who covers the telecoms sector nor utilities partner Reinhart Gorensos.
A Couple Of New Descriptions
A Good Scots Word
Jeez, being a Scottish Unionist is hard work, I tell you...
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The British Working Class
As any Marxist will tell you, our white working class has always been oppressed. First (according to Marx) it was by the owners of capital.
Now, though, it is by the white liberals who sit in government, in local authorities and on quangos, and who have made it their crusade to divert the resources at their disposal to helping those with no historic claim on this country. "
Friday, June 22, 2007
To spend time with his grandchildren.
Bless his heart.
You know, I must be a real cynic; but I just couldn't help thinking that, having gone into retirement like Cincinnatus, Big Mo might just have one more good campaign left in him.
For, from his point of view, all's not well on Paisley Road West...
A sight more absurd than Mo and Nicola Sturgeon MSP circling round each other in Kinning Park like Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda at the end of 'Once Upon A Time In The West', the strain's of Morricone's 'The Man With The Harmonica' hanging in the air, is difficult to imagine; but consider this - his ultimate acquittal notwithstanding, any hopes he might have had of ever becoming Lord Sarwar of Pollokshields and Punjab were gubbed the minute he was charged with electoral fraud (in this respect, his son's conviction for money laundering is a bagatelle).
So, where else is Mo going to get near places where he can win friends and influence people? In the Scottish Parliament, of course.
The election at which he will stand down should take place in 2009, 2010 at the latest; and Scotland will not go back to the polls until 2011.
Could Labour field a stronger local candidate in Govan than Sarwar? I doubt it.
So watch this space. Come 2011, Sarwar might, just might be back on the electoral trail - along with Bashir Ahmad.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
A Horrible Graph
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Train Travel In The West Of Scotland
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Spot The Difference
Monday, June 18, 2007
The Old Ones Are Still The Best
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Why Reference To The Negative Effects Of The Smoot-Hawley Act Is Now Meaningless
Saturday, June 16, 2007
The 'Honours' List
Friday, June 15, 2007
A Question For Alex Salmond
"You do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. You will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against Her Majesty’s Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Royal, but you will lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either cause it to be revealed to Her Majesty Herself, or to such of Her Privy Council as shall advertise Her Majesty of the same. You will in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors you will not reveal it unto him but will keep the same until such time as, by the consent of Her Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all civil and temporal Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty
War In The Graveyard Of Empires Revisited
The Book Project
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Blair On Bloggers
How Boris Berezovsky Stole Aeroflot
Monday, June 11, 2007
And The Winner of The Donald Sutherland Lookalike Award Of The Day Is...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
The Headline Says It All
I kid you not.
One Of Us
The self-reinforcing power of these myths gives them tremendous power. Since the 1980s, a boom in carefully conducted archival investigation has done much to uncover the war’s complexity: how it was fought and won by the British army on the Western Front, how domestic support and dissent were encouraged and managed, and how the war was remembered.
Yet this academic research has had almost no impact on popular understanding. This should not be a cause for despair or disdain. Societies have always misrepresented the past in an attempt to understand the present. "
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Rethinking The Value Of Milton Friedman
Laughing My Sides Off At Oliver Kamm
If you think this sounds harsh, consider what such a settlement might have achieved nonetheless. The notion, exploited but not initiated by the Nazis, that Germany had been "stabbed in the back" by domestic enemies would have been impossible to sustain. "
Friday, June 08, 2007
Some Thoughts On Motor Sports
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Gordon Brown's Admission Of Defeat
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
A (Real) Economist Discusses Economics
The difference is that a tariff would have prevented the loss of jobs, careers, and community tax base to offshoring, which then requires a collapse in the dollar to reverse. The cost of not having the tariff protection is the disrupted lives and hardships associated with jobs offshoring and the loss in purchasing power from a lower valued currency.
Economists cannot understand this straightforward analysis, because economists, like neoconservatives, are not reality-based. Economists are governed by the illusion that America’s post World War II prosperity is based on free trade. It is not. America’s post-war prosperity was based on the destruction of the economic capability of the rest of the world by World War II and communism/socialism. America was prosperous in its trade, because no one else could produce anything."
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saint Charles was a Dutch immigrant to Ireland and a champion of the post-famine poor.
Ms McAleese described the priest as another lovable immigrant saint in the tradition of St Patrick".
Saturday, June 02, 2007
The National Horns Are Being Drawn In
Gerard Baker On Russia
The Moral Duties Of One Region Towards Another
Killing The Myth That Productivity Increases Always Lead To Higher Wages
The Office of National Statistics -
"Energy consumption, including electricity, by UK companies and the public sector increased by 10.6 per cent between 1990 and 2005. In the same period output (Gross Domestic Product) rose by 43.4 per cent in real terms. This resulted in a decrease in energy intensity (energy consumed per unit of output) of 22.9 per cent. "
Paul Krugman's contention that "Productivity is almost everything" would seem to indicate that a 43.4% GDP increase over a period of 15 years (a phenomenal hyperleap in productivity for any country, let alone a very mature economy) might produce slightly higher wage gains that 4.9% with bonus, 3.8% without.
Maybe Kelly's Theory of Productivity, that '"In a global labour market the overall gains occasioned from productivity growth equal zero: or, globalisation is productivity dilution" has some legs after all.