Tag Archives: margaret thatcher

SIWOTI: the Margaret Thatcher Edition

In order to understand this post, you need to be familiar with this cartoon. Familiar? Good, now onto the ‘fun’ part. As a general rule, I try to avoid the situation in which the cartoon’s protagonist finds himself. That is, getting into lengthy online disputes where – it would seem – very few people are […]

Remembering Maggie

The death of Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts, 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), the longest serving and most controversial British Prime Minister of the C20th, has and will let loose a storm of picking over the bones of her Premiership and legacy. I would caution against examinations that look at British economic statistics alone, […]

Easy Guide to Monetary Policy

What money is We use money to transact and the money we use is fiat money, money backed only by government decree. In economic terms, money is a transaction good and all that fiat money is, is a transaction good; the only point in holding such money is to be able to engage in transactions—its expected swap […]

Miss Manners and playing the victim

Since we no longer live in an age defined by Debrett’s, etiquette is turning into something of a minefield: it is difficult, even impossible, to work out exactly what one should do in many situations. This seems to apply particularly to matters of romance, which perhaps accounts for at least part of the boom in […]

Excusitis

Excusitis, n (med): the condition whereby one is rendered incapable of seeing the faults in one’s political position, particularly with respect to that position’s capacity to facilitate the perpetration of violence. When I was a green young lawyer, I was introduced to the ‘No True Scotsman’ logical fallacy. It’s an old concept (the argument is […]

Stop the world, I want to get off

They used to tell jokes about John Major tucking his shirt into his underpants and painting himself grey before entering the Commons. It was an oddly innocent accusation to fling at a sitting Prime Minister. Now we’re learning that the rot goes all the way down (and up), with no end in sight. The Metropolitan […]

Royal Wedding Special

UPDATE: But sometimes, it’s just nice when the fuss is all over…

Spycatcher and Wikileaks: history repeats

[To be cross-posted at the Fortnightly Review in the coming week or so] Who enjoys reading spy fiction, or watching spy movies? I do. There’s something interesting about espionage. Perhaps it’s the secrecy which makes it so fascinating. People love to know secrets: it reflects the broader idea that if something is scarce, it must […]

Every PM needs a Willie…

At the risk of sounding like I’m continuing a theme… Lord Mandelson displays a gift for comic timing after being asked by Tory MP Peter Luff if he is Gordon Brown’s “Willie”. Mr Luff, chairman of the Commons business committee, was referring to Margaret Thatcher’s famous comment about her deputy prime minister William Whitelaw – […]