Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, July 21st, 2018 - 17 comments
Something beginning with…wtf?!
Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, July 16th, 2018 - 8 comments
As though politicians with a social democratic bent don’t have enough to contend with…
Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, July 13th, 2018 - 47 comments
In the space of a week England has lost in its goal of winning the world cup, had three senior ministers resign over May’s “soft” BREXIT proposal and now Donald Trump has effectively called for Theresa May to be replaced by Boris Johnson.
Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 38 comments
The aftermath of Douma chemical attacks and Skripal poisonings…
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 30th, 2018 - 30 comments
Quietly mulling on the difference between foreign interference (malign) and influence (benign).
Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, May 25th, 2018 - 59 comments
Oops. Was this desire meant to be in the script?
Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 8th, 2018 - 60 comments
2018 marks several anniversaries of Karl Marx whose significance for the critique of capitalist society is hard to diminish. But what now for his beliefs?
Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, May 4th, 2018 - 14 comments
Thoughts on a resurgent left and a collapsing centre.
Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 56 comments
The Independent’s Robert Fisk reports from Douma, where he interviewed one of the clinic doctors who said that the images that outraged Trump, May and Macron were real, but the cause was oxygen starvation from dust, not poisonous gas. Could it be that misleading images started a bombing war? What might this say about Western values?
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 16th, 2018 - 203 comments
Jacinda Ardern has accepted the US, UK and French response to the Syrian crisis. Should she have instead condemned it?
Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 11th, 2018 - 17 comments
It’s really easy to get cranky right now and believe the world is retreating into to a sad Cold War binary in which Russia and its allies are always in high tension with the United States and its allies. A new Cold War.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 7th, 2018 - 88 comments
Remember two weeks ago when Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the Russian poisoning scandal was considered to be a major misstep? Well with the benefit of hindsight it appears to have been a very balanced nuanced response to an incident that is not as clear cut as it was presented.
Written By: - Date published: 6:07 pm, April 2nd, 2018 - 99 comments
In the second stage of a false flag attack, facts go out the window and the sole issue becomes “are you for us or against us.” Our media and National Party politicians are well into this stage in the Skripal affair. But as questions mount and skeptics proliferate from all sides, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters may well be wiser than media advisers by not following blindly the western herd. 26 countries is not the whole world. Update: Porton Down unable to establish Novichok of Russian origin.
Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 53 comments
When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?
Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, March 16th, 2018 - 517 comments
The possible poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the consequent hysteria have all the signs of another false flag operation, as we saw before the second American invasion of Iraq. The chain of circumstantial evidence has more holes in it than a swiss cheese, and while attempted murder (if that is what it is) is a criminal act Winston Peters and Jeremy Corbyn are sane voices calling for evidence before any attribution still less action.
Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, March 2nd, 2018 - 23 comments
It is time to regulate the power of cyber criminals and cyber monopolies.
Written By: - Date published: 10:08 pm, February 20th, 2018 - 11 comments
The Lord Mayor of the City of London is visiting New Zealand. Its not Sadiq Khan, Charles Bowman is a PwC partner leading London’s financial centre lobby. He’s here to talk to business and regulators. He’ll no doubt be talking up more deregulation.
Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 20 comments
A little on the (predictable) fallout from Emily Thornberry’s BBC Radio 4 interview.
Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments
Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.