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Existential threats and other difficulties

Young man, there’s a great deal of ruin in a nation. So Adam Smith responded to a correspondent who feared that a successful revolt by the American colonies would ruin Britain.  Looking back, Adam Smith was right and the fearful young man was wrong. Indeed, Britain proceeded to gain and give up a great empire, and […]

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, […]

Imperialism, it is what rulerships do

I came across (via) this very silly statement: The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome … That would be news to the Persians, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Hittites, the Egyptians, the House of Ur, the Gutians, the Akkadians, the … And that is just the Middle East. When revenue was […]

A true child of the Eighties

You’re always told that being a true child of the eighties means saying things like ‘bright light, bright light’ or knowing what ‘Cavey Wavey’ stood for or fessing up to owning one of those ridiculous pastel skirts… but I reckon the following marks you out just as definitively: I’ve been researching (strictly for novelistic purposes, […]