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My message to the French people

Sat, 05 May 2012 19:21:40 +0000

1981 all over again France may be about to elect the most backward-looking socialist leader in the developed world. François Hollande – who is almost certain to win Sunday’s second round of presidential election – makes Britain’s Ed Miliband, an Old Labour type, look like Margaret Thatcher. During the 2007 campaign, Hollande declared blandly: “I […]

The trouble with France

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:29:39 +0000

I'm always struck by the ability of French economists to diagnose the country's ills and by its leaders' inability to tackle them.

Élection britannique et dilemme libéral

Tue, 04 May 2010 11:17:03 +0000

The best of bad bunch What is a pro-market voter to do in Thursday’s British election? It is difficult to get excited about the choice on offer. Economic liberals want a modest, efficient state. Gordon Brown’s record immediately disqualifies Labour. Over the past 10 years, first as chancellor and then prime minister, he has thrown […]

Comment Obama a crée “l’incident Biden”

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:23:41 +0000

Friends like these Charles Krauthammer’s analysis of the Biden incident is worth reading in full, but here’s a taster: “In these long and bloody 63 years, the Palestinians have not once accepted an Israeli offer of permanent peace, or ever countered with anything short of terms that would destroy Israel. They insist instead on a […]

Qui est Obama?

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:58:18 +0000

Giving Obama a break David Brook’s balanced editorial in today’s New York Times sums up my own general view of Obama better than I could do myself. Highlight: “Obama is four clicks to my left on most issues. He is inadequate on the greatest moral challenge of our day: the $9.7 trillion in new debt […]

Tragédie grecque

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 12:45:21 +0000

Greek tragedy Mark Steyn has a characteristically eloquent article in the Washington Times about the “Greek tragedy”, as he calls unsustainable entitlements. Highlights: “We hard-hearted, small-government guys are often damned as selfish types who care nothing for the general welfare. But, as the Greek protests make plain, nothing makes an individual more selfish than the […]

Eminent Domain and Jethro Tull

Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:24:50 +0000

Eminent injustice Great article in City Magazine on abuse of “eminent domain” – as Americans call the compulsory purchase of property commandeered for the “public good”. You may have heard of the Supreme Court ruling in the Kelo v New London case a couple of years ago. It said it was OK for the government […]

La baronne rouge qui représente l’Europe

Sat, 05 Dec 2009 13:00:57 +0000

The Red Baroness The EU will soon be represented by Catherine Ashton, a Briton who was active in Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the late 1970s and treasurer of that vocal pacifist group between 1980 and 1982. Questions over her past have been voiced by some Eurosceptics, including a MEP, and some British papers. Lady […]

Nous somme tous des Irlandais

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 09:54:22 +0000

The hand of frog The inglorious qualification of the French soccer team to next year’s World Cup finals at the expense of Ireland (the last-gasp goal was scored thanks to a handball) has triggered an avalanche of anguished reactions in France itself. Many have taken the form of historical quotations. Jacques Attali exclaimed: “We are […]

It was 20 years today

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 20:11:49 +0000

It was 20 years ago today Excellent leader in The Economist on 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It stressee that political freedom and economic liberty are intimately linked, and that progress in both should not be taken for granted. A key excerpt: “At present capitalism is too often judged by the […]