Trump in the UK: A Marriage Made in Hell
We have all seen it time and again – the US walks into some developing country, gives its support to its favoured politicians, irrespective of whether they are in government or not, and then starts trying to dictate domestic policy by offering “aid” the poor country is in no position to refuse. But this is […]
Goodbye Theresa May: The “Nobody” Who Led Everyone Nowhere
There was a time when few people outside the UK would have known or cared when its Prime Minister was leaving office. However the Brexit saga has ensured that everyone now knows that poor Theresa May, after three years of trying to force the UK parliament to do what she herself campaigned against, will be […]
Brexit Delay: the Soviets Would Have Understood It
So the Brexit saga has taken another twist, and become even more confusing and uncertain. All we can predict is that whatever the UK government says will happen is the one thing which won’t. May has failed to deliver Brexit. Instead she keeps coming back to parliament with an appalling deal. She’s now delaying Brexit […]
Slovakia and Ukraine Elections: The Earth Isn’t Really Moving!
Few people know or care about Slovakia, except those who live in it. When UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt went to Slovenia recently and referred to it as a “Soviet vassal state”, he demonstrated that even a foreign minister can’t tell the difference between Slovenia (which never was) and Slovakia (which was), which sums up […]
US Withdrawing from Afghanistan? It Lies About That Too!
Now we are being told that the US is finally getting out of Afghanistan, as has long been promised Maybe, just maybe, the forty years of conflict there will be over, and everyone who has had their say about that country might just care enough to make that happen. There is some concern that the US is […]
UK Political Group Born from Brexit Saga: Lost Cause Independent of Reality?
Throughout the Brexit saga one thing has never changed. The Brexiteers have presented themselves as the tough guys, who will do anything to get their own way regardless of what other people think, while the Remainers have often been happy to be presented as “snowflakes”, as they regard themselves as being more civilized. As time […]
Who is John Bercow, the Sudden Saviour of Sanity?
Despite her best efforts to run down the Brexit clock, on 12th March Theresa May was forced by the UK House of Commons to abandon her Brexit deal, told she could not leave without a deal under any circumstances and sent back to the EU to negotiate an extension to the deadline for implementing the […]
Thuggery Returns: UK Sold Out Its Soul 2 Brexit
On Sunday March 10th Birmingham City F.C. met fierce local rivals Aston Villa F.C. in an English Championship fixture. About nine minutes into the game a Birmingham City supporter, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Z symbol representing that club’s hooligan group, ran onto the pitch and assaulted Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. Grealish had […]
Okinawa Base: The Art of “No Solution” and Symbolic Referendum
On February 24th the residents of Okinawa voted in a “symbolic referendum”, i.e. one which is purely an expression of opinion, with no obligation on anyone to take any notice of its outcome. In this, they voted heavily against the relocation of the Futenma base, despite the fact this had been agreed twenty years ago. There […]
Pakistan and India in Conflict, Strategic Fighting Between Like Minds
Eighteen months ago I wrote one article whereby I suggested that Pakistan was being attacked by US policymakers because it was no longer the regional bogeyman the West once needed it to be, and however as it tried to regain its former importance “it was damned if it did and damned if it didn’t.” Since […]
Nothing is Happening in Iraq, and That’s the REALLY BIG News
Some years ago there was a prop forward in the French national rugby team called Pierre Dospital. This was considered a very appropriate name for him, as it was only one letter away from “hospital”, and given his size, and the demands of his position on the field, this is where many of his opponents […]
Putting it in Perspective: “Lebanon Takes its Time, and So it Should!”
So the agony lingers on in Lebanon. Yet again, it is taking months to form a government acceptable to everybody, or which the government can sell to everybody. In public, the sticking point is the six Sunni MPs who are allied with the predominantly Shia Hezbollah. Having been the major gainers of the last election, they are insisting […]