Sunday, December 24, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
With Brexit scheduled for March 2019, Great Britain is thought by liberals to be doomed. The European Union is thought to be doomed by conservatives.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Shortly afterwards, because I was following up everything Wagner composed, I was listening to some man talking on the radio about Die Meistersinger, which I didn't know at all. I can't remember now who it was talking or anything else about the programme, except for this. He was saying that a critic at the first performance had hated the opera and complained he'd never heard anything as terrible as 'the awful bellowing of that cobbler'.
As I type this now, it is one of the very few moments to make me at least consider it, if some dark angel tempted me with the chance to live my life again.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
To which she replied:
Love from dark and very cold GB xxx
What interests me with regard to our little disagreement - if, that is, you remember bits and pieces of the things I've written - is not the difference of opinion, which we can expect, but the causes of differences over the mystery of music. Is its appeal and our reaction to it inborn? Are our likes and dislikes something we've learned?
To which she replied:
What an interesting email, Paul! You certainly have a gift for writing and putting things into context. However, it doesn't make me like musicals any more although I understand now what it's all about! xxx
I took that, gratefully, as a dead heat.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Both ran campaigns of threats, false promises and lies that grew increasingly bitter and divisive. The unelected populist Nigel Farage, the eccentric celebrity politician Boris Johnson, the opportunist Michael Gove among others, kept the media pack in full cry after personalities, not realities. Government and shadow cabinet ministers, caught up in an alarming neck-and-neck race, presented Brexit as either a wonder cure-all or an impending catastrophe.
The biggest argument is over how, when and - with supreme irony - even whether to leave the EU. Some demand that it happens without delay; others insist government can only trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty after negotiating an entirely new set of terms with Europe. But what terms will satisfy all interests? The process seems certain to cause more division in a United Kingdom more divided on the issue than ever.
|Nothing to regret?|
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
That was the message from Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema in a press conference today. He made clear the EFF would not join forces with either major party, but instead constitute the opposition in hung municipalities resulting from the 2016 local elections.
As a result, its mediocre election results have left it in limbo. Under the leadership of Mr Malema, the EFF has alienated the ANC, the majority party and its president, but has nothing to offer a democratic opposition, the DA, besides serious problems. Its revolutionary programme threatens to wreck government at the local level in the same way it has threatened government at national level, through calculated disruptions of parliament and inflammatory talk of meeting violence with violence.
With President Zuma remaining in office, the scene is set for these methods to resume more widely.
These are admittedly early days. But if the EFF is ever to become a tsunami the signs would be there now. The party apparently does not enjoy the confidence of voters; its manifesto cannot work except through coercion; it has no chance alone of demonstrating a sense of responsibility in government. The question going forward is how, and if, it can manage to hold together during a long period out in the cold.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
*Politicsweb August 5: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/opinion/the-anc-the-spell-is-broken
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
It requires Cameron to go very soon, not to take three months; for Boris Johnson to be emphatically rejected as the new Tory leader - a distinct possibility; and for Remain MPs and any supporting ministers to stick together to pull the executive's chestnuts out of the fire. All that is extremely difficult, but not impossible to achieve. It requires only a commitment to the national interest instead of narrow party interest.
But it already seems likely the country's MPs will find their own way to bail out Britain in a similar spirit.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
But prime minister David Cameron chose to solve his internal Tory party problems by referring them to 'the people', a cop out for party political ends, not to keep faith with 'democracy', and least of all to protect the national interest. It has backfired disastrously for him and his country and he has gone.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016