Category Archives: The United States

The year of Covid-19: political religion and the culture wars.Part 1.

The “great reset” is the title of a book, co-authored by Thierry Malleret and  Klaus Schwab. The book’s subject is the pandemic of 2020. Things, the authors aver, will never return to normal. [1] The coronavirus “ marks a fundamental … Continue reading

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China in the World: Chapter 3 Sino-US relations – a stable instability.

There is a paradox at the heart of Sino-US relations: as Professor Yan Xuetong has written, they are inherently unstable;[1] yet the structure in which their relations is cast is very stable indeed. They are stable in the sense that … Continue reading

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China in the World: Chapter 2 China becomes the prime global manufacturing and trading platform.

The forty years from 1980 to 2020 have been witness to one of the fastest power displacements in the history of the world. As the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s Senior Minister,  noted, “The size of China’s displacement is such … Continue reading

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China in the World: Chapter 1. From backwater to world power.

Time hangs heavily on Chinese civilisation. For nearly four thousand years, depending on when the first dynasty is dated, up to thirty dynasties have ruled for varying lengths of time over the Middle Kingdom. Not surprisingly, the prevalent Chinese interpretation … Continue reading

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China, coronavirus and the politics of paranoia

The over two hundred independent countries of the world face similar problems dealing with the coronavirus, but the responses from each country are unique. This is one of the fundamental lessons so far from the pandemic. As the proverb says, … Continue reading

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Brexit and the British Constitution: Part V. Modernisation or Vandalism?

This is the last in the series of articles on Brexit and the Constitution. It is based on four books which have dealt with the subject over the last twenty years: Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at King’s College, London, … Continue reading

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Brexit and the British Constitution: Part II. The Whig spirit of the Old Constitution.

The frontispiece is from the first “Whig” History of England-by a Frenchman. The spirit of the Old Constitution How history is recorded plays a central part in Britain’s uncodified constitution. Rules and conventions remain subject to interpretation, precedents are by … Continue reading

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Brexit and the British Constitution: Part I. The roots of the Old Constitution.

Introduction. On April 7, 1960, President Charles de Gaulle addressed the combined houses of parliament in Westminster Hall.[1] He started his allocution in reference to the “immortal glory of Winston Churchill”, and continued a peon of praise to the institutions … Continue reading

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The UK’s Golden Opportunity: The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

The May-Barnier deal is in deep trouble. After two years of negotiations, and signed up by 27 member states, it has been  vetoed twice by the largest and fourth largest defeat in parliamentary history. Prime Minister May has returned to … Continue reading

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America and the World: Part III. The Crash of 2008 and Eurotragedy.

The two books under review analyze the financial crash of 2008 from different perspectives. Adam Tooze, the historian and director of the Columbia University European Institute in New York, authors Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed The World, … Continue reading

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