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Jeb Bush

Manoeuvring for position

Adlai Stevenson was Democratic candidate for president in two successive elections and lost rather badly on both occasions. He couldn’t even hold the ‘solid South’ losing Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Florida on the first occasion and adding Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana to the list on the second. Aside from Missouri, which he won in […]

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Six impossible things before breakfast

In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen commends the ability to believe the impossible, and claims once to have believed six impossible things before breakfast [link]. I fear that the Daily Telegraph may be developing the same skill. Yesterday I was struck by the “Business Comment” column by Ben Wright [link]. He covered two topics.  […]

Ed-Miliband

EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Jeb Bush

Manoeuvring for position

Adlai Stevenson was Democratic candidate for president in two successive elections and lost rather badly on both occasions. He couldn’t even hold the ‘solid South’ losing Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Florida on the first occasion and adding Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana to the list on the second. Aside from Missouri, which he won in […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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Six impossible things before breakfast

In “Alice through the Looking Glass”, the White Queen commends the ability to believe the impossible, and claims once to have believed six impossible things before breakfast [link]. I fear that the Daily Telegraph may be developing the same skill. Yesterday I was struck by the “Business Comment” column by Ben Wright [link]. He covered two topics.  […]

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Campaigning in poetry

Mario Cuomo once famously declared that you campaign in poetry but govern in prose. It is difficult to think of any politician who more strongly exemplifies this than, well, Mario Cuomo. Other political leaders famous for their soaring rhetoric – think of Lincoln, Churchill and Reagan – are famous also for specific and long-lasting achievements. […]

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Engaging with Cuba

The cynic behind the cheery words of Common Sense has been wondering about the sudden about-face on Cuba. If decades of failure provide a reason to abandon a policy, perhaps the president can next turn his attention to those two wars the US has been fighting since the sixties – on poverty and drugs.  Still, […]

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