Category: Europe

Election surprises, do they come in threes?

Surprises come in threes, be they election surprises or some other form of surprise. It’s an old saying, and like most old sayings sometimes it’s true and sometimes it isn’t. Of course this may or may not prove that old…

Paddling in dangerous waters

I’ve avoided making any comments on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership up until now, but with the assassination of MP Jo Cox, I felt that I had to write something, and not leave it until after the vote. She was…

Dave, got a minute?

Hi Dave, me again. Just thought that I’d flag up a couple of potential problems for you, as we both know that forward planning doesn’t appear to be one of your strengths. Sorry to be a nuisance and all that,…

Crumbling Chinese fortune (cookies)

Hello, good morning and welcome to President Xi Jinping, head of the world’s largest single-party state and non-acknowledged head of Chinese industry, banking and espionage. Depending on who you believe, Xi has either come to conduct business at the highest…

The World according to Kilgore

Just to recap: Russia is in the process of invading Ukraine and Putin is, outwardly at least, convinced that he will get away with it. The West is resolutely backing the wrong horse in Syria, with the CIA ‘secretly’ training…

Strange bedfellows

Oh what a tangled web we weave: The BBC have been airing a series of programmes this week about Syrian refugees. In the main, presenter Mishal Husain has been doing a balanced job. Until this morning when it became subtly…

There may be trouble ahead

May be trouble? In no particular order, we have the forth-coming referendum on Scottish independence, major constitutional changes in the UK whichever way the Scots vote, further EU sanctions against Russia, Obama and friends—if he has any left—about to bomb…

Why We should thank Putin

Nato: In case you’d forgotten, Nato stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It was an exclusive club dreamed up by a group of friends–well, more or less friends–who’d stood together (most of the time) during the Second World War. Alarmed at the expansionist nature of Stalin’s…

Racist Britain?

A recent survey: Indicated that 30% of those asked regarded themselves as describe themselves as either ‘very’ or ‘a little’ prejudiced against people of other races. A racist party? In recent local government and EU elections in the UK, UKIP…

The impatience of being Putin

Ukraine: I’m not too sure what Oscar would have made of it but here’s my take. Macho-man mucks it up: It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Let’s face it, it had everything to recommend it. You’d…

Cross-eyed in Danga

Proof-reading: Job done How to choose a title: Suggestions wing their way through the ether Ukraine It’s all a conspiracy Proof reading: I’ve finally finished both the manuscripts the publisher sent back to me. Leaving aside the problem with the…