Monthly Archives: November 2012

Why Arkansas Is Not Argyll

Despite whatever peccadillos my have transpired during his White House tenure, Bill Clinton survived the worst that his Republican opponents could throw at him (and pretty odious some of it was too) to preside for two terms over a steady … Continue reading

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Protecting Our Nation’s Interests

The title of this blog is lifted from the header of Royal Navy’s website and before we get our sleeves rolled up and into the subject, I wish to make clear that there is no stronger admirer of the Senior Service … Continue reading

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The Economics of BASE Jumping

With the dust settling on a US election result that just about everyone who is not Republican (and a good few who are) is relieved by, it is back to financial business as usual—and not before time. Europe has just … Continue reading

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Making the World England

So far, most of the arguments coming from unionist mouthpieces in the independence like Better Together have revolved around perceived advantages that accrue to Scotland from being a part of the Union. In terms of economies of scale—such as running … Continue reading

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‘Big’ and ‘Stupid’ Mean the Same

Recent revelations of the latest fiscal shell-game being played by major multinationals is causing excruciating embarrassment to HM Revenue because it appears they have been taken for a ride by not just one but a whole gamut of major American … Continue reading

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The Pitch for the Soul of America

The weekend’s ‘dead tree media’ the length of the States is replete with analysis on the unexpectedly complete victory for Obama and his party. The totality offers cold comfort to either Mitt Romney or the Republicans he led for an … Continue reading

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Alastair’s My Darling

There are few more prestigious lectures in Scotland than the John P. Mackintosh Memorial Lecture, usually hosted annually alternating between the University of Edinburgh’ magnificent Playfair Library and Haddington’s equally splendid St Mary’s Church, It is prestigious not because John … Continue reading

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Senate Moves Toward Balance

For all the ups an downs of the US elections, the money spent, the people alienated and the egos brusied, the overall feeling in the US seems to be one of progress. That may be because national media is based … Continue reading

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Stemming the Mormon Conquest

Yesterday was historic for a number of reasons: Obama secured a solid win that gives him a second term that many had written off; his ‘coat tails’ and Republican intransigence combined to sweep a number of senate seats into the … Continue reading

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Reinventing Downtown

One of the main malaise affecting towns across Scotland is the decline of the High Street and erosion of social cohesion that goes with it as the more affluent use their Chelsea Tractors to shop out of town while the … Continue reading

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