Sometimes I do not have to time to write an essay which I find satisfactory. We cannot buy or extend time, either in microcosm or in our lifetimes. Sometimes the ideas are ill formulated in my mind because I have spent insufficient time thinking about the ideas. Sometimes the words flow, but the ideas are not significant. Read more »
Progress is merely the movement in a particular direction. Progress is often confused with improvement. Some progression is improvement, but much of it is not. The latest study of the Institute of Fiscal Studies reveals that the next generation in the United Kingdom will only be wealthier than their parents if they managed to inherit some wealth from their parents. This is progress, Read more »
It is odd, is it not, that something as important and essential as environmental protection should be called “an aspiration” but this is what I heard it called by a leading industrialist. I suppose that we focus on what is important to us; if we are industrialists or earning our living with motor cars or love driving fast then environmental protection is relegated to “an aspiration” – something devoutly to be wished but not attained at the expense of what is important to us. Read more »
15 December today - We are just a few days from the shortest day of the year. In the Northern hemisphere the sun will rise at its latest and set at its earliest. The darkness is unwelcome. Darkness is not and has never been my smiling friend and it is not my old friend. It obscures our vision. Sometimes it is good to have our sight obscured by darkness, because when we stumble in darkness we shall be better prepared to walk in the light where we may also stumble and take the wrong path.
Today is the one hundredth anniversary of Crete becoming part of Greece. After nearly three centuries of rule by the Ottomans, Crete finally joined the modern Greek nation. Greece started its war of independence in 1821 and became independent in 1828, but Crete was prevented from joining Greece by the Great Powers until 1913. Read more »
A hundred years ago powerful nations in Western and Central Europe were preparing for war. I feel that nations wanted to go to war. They were intoxicated with the thrill of a war, there having been no war for many years. They wanted to protect their imagined interests. These interests they held as rights; but rights are very different from interests. They imagined they had the right to build and sail warships, the right to oppress and enslave Africa, the right to enforce nations to trade with them, the right to deny many of their subjects self determination and the right to defend themselves by offensive pre-emptive action. Read more »
All the leaves are gone and the sky is grey. This is what we expect in London at this time of the year. Little changes. We have also come to expect that our great British banks will be fined as more and more wrongdoing comes to light. Read more »