Sanctions and Rubles

Martin Seale The members of NATO have imposed sanctions on Russia following its Special Military Operation in Ukraine which began on 24th February.  NATO would clearly like these sanctions to severely damage Russia.  It is unlikely that they will for two main reasons.  Firstly, Russia is a currency creating state and does not therefore have financial constraints.  Secondly, Russia is … Continue reading Sanctions and Rubles

The Persecution of Julian Assange Part 3

The persecution of Julian Assange — part 3 By Peter Brooke A brief history of Wikileaks[1] followed by ‘Assange Extradition, on to the Next Hurdle’ from Craig Murray’s website. As a teenager in Australia in the 1980s, Julian Assange had explored the possibilities of hacking with a couple of friends calling themselves the 'International Subversives'. This … Continue reading The Persecution of Julian Assange Part 3

Skills v Knowledge

Skills v Knowledge, or the balance between university education and vocational education.   The Tory head of the Education Committee has the right ideas, as seen in his exchanges with Nadhim Zahawi, the Secretary of State for education, during the debate on the Schools White Paper,  Monday 28th March 2022 — Commons Chamber Robert Halfon: The White Paper … Continue reading Skills v Knowledge

A Poem

GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN II “As one day it might happen that a victim must be found I’ve got a little list – I’ve got a little list.” So sang Gilbert and Sullivan: “Of society’s offenders who might well be underground And would never be missed - who would never be missed" But I … Continue reading A Poem

Notes on the News

By Gwydion M. Williams France’s Overlooked Left Vote Ukraine: Making Local Democracy Illegal Russia: A Fate Worse Than Putin? NATO: Elites Who Reluctantly Tolerate a Democratic Electorate Britons Vote Themselves Into Poverty Bears and Libertarians – Both Unbearable Covid Failures France’s Overlooked Left Vote Macron picked up another nine million votes: a bare majority of … Continue reading Notes on the News

Orecchiette

Listening to Italy by Orecchiette Parties Italians commemorate their Liberation Day from Nazi fascism on 25th April. This year's celebrations were the largest ever; La Repubblica estimated 70,000 were gathered in Milan's cathedral square. Dignitaries made appropriate speeches throughout Italy but Matteo Salvini's Lega did not appear at all. Further controversy followed a Tweet made by Vito Petrocelli, M5S's (Five Star) … Continue reading Orecchiette

A Unipolar World and Ukraine

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI ON the place of Ukraine in A UNIPOLAR WORLD Extracts from The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives Zbigniew Brzezinski, New York, Basic Books, 1997 After the fall of the Soviet Union, Americans started thinking about a unipolar world, a world organized around one pole, themselves.  Zbigniew Brzezinski, diplomat and adviser to presidents … Continue reading A Unipolar World and Ukraine

Inflation 2022

A Transitory Inflation?                Martin Seale The price of many of the goods that the typical consumer buys is higher than it was a year ago. Is this inflation?  The last time we had inflation in the UK was in the 70s and 80s.  But is what happened then similar to what is happening now? In the early … Continue reading Inflation 2022

NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (April, 2022)  Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…”  Michael Murray: murraymicha@gmail.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London (1) Introduction “Time to get your mind right on NATO, boy!” (2)   Stop The War fights back (3)  Jack F Matlock: “I was there: NATO and the origins of the Ukraine crisis” (4)  George … Continue reading NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Bevin and NATO

Ernest Bevin Founder of NATO By Brendan Clifford At Prime Minister’s Questions 9th March 2022 John Healey, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, said: “It was Labour’s post-war Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, who was the principal architect of NATO and in particular of its article 5 commitment to collective defence. Today is the anniversary of Bevin’s … Continue reading Bevin and NATO