Category Archives: International

UK Election odds

I have had a look at the betting odds on the UK election. The probability of the Conservatives having the largest number of seats is 95.5%. The probability of the Conservatives having a majority of seats is 78.4%. Those numbers … Continue reading

Posted in Elections, International | 3 Comments

“Trump should stay the course”

This is a link to an article with the title, Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Popping Point of Maximum Pressure. In case you cannot tell from the title, it is very pro-Trump and is written by Victor Davis Hanson. It starts: … Continue reading

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A heartwarming story about 911

Here’s the review from The Guardian: Come From Away – a feelgood 9/11 musical? Believe the hype. I went because everybody I knew who had seen it told me not to miss it. And it’s Canadian, to its bootstraps. No … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International, Politics of the Left | 10 Comments

“trump in afghanista”

You know, the media who, of course, you can trust to keep up with everything, wanted to know why he had gone for a medical examination and why he had not worn his tie. Here’s the answer. And for what … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International, Media | 9 Comments

Boris and Brexit way ahead, at least for now

From POLL PREDICTS TORY SWEEP via MRP election poll: Boris Johnson heads for big majority. From the comments on the first of the links with the second comment particular apposite: Okay, yellow is Scottish Nationalist, green is Liberal, and grey … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International | 26 Comments

For a looming super-dooper-power, China sure is gutless

This story via Fr John Zuhlsdorf: Xi Jinping Portraits Replace Catholic Symbols in Churches. A Catholic Church in Ji’an, a prefecture-level city in the southeastern province of Jiangxi, was built this year at the cost of more than one million … Continue reading

Posted in International, Oppressive government | 38 Comments

Paul Haw-Haw

Everybody knows you never go full Evatt The Chinese Communist Party’s most outspoken adviser, Paul Keating, is in the news again for doing what he nowadays seems to do best: trashing the West for Beijing. Ignoring the crimes of the … Continue reading

Posted in International, War and peace | 43 Comments

The Andrew Situation

The Royal Family badly needs Winston. Winston Wolfe, that is. He solves problems. Unfortunately, the scandal engulfing the Duke of York will require more than splatter-covering blankets, a hose-down and the stellar disappearance services of Monster Joe’s Truck and Tow. … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International | 52 Comments

Danger Ireland

Amongst the nick nacks of my late father I treasure most are the old lapel badges he wore from adolescence right through to his final days. The most important of these to me is his RAS badge. Possibly beneath it … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History, International | 40 Comments

Remember, remember the 9th, 10th and 11th of November

See if you can see any connection. November 9 was the day, thirty years ago, that the Berlin Wall fell. November 9-10 was Kristallnacht in 1938. November 11 was the day the Armistice was signed to end World War I, … Continue reading

Posted in History, International | 21 Comments