By 1931 Winston Churchill had fought more election battles than any other member of the British Parliament. He ruefully calculated that “one day in 30” of his adult life had been consumed by “arduous and worrying” campaigning.
Churchill’s famous conclusion was that democracy constituted the “worst form of government — except for all those other forms that have been tried.” He was not succumbing to pessimism; on the contrary, faced with an array of unappetizing options, there is a deep wisdom in choosing the one with the smallest downside and then fixing its limitations.
So it is with the Iran nuclear agreement that President Trump is now reviewing, with May 12 — this Saturday — looming as the next deadline for him to pull out of the deal.… Seguir leyendo »
L’horreur et la mort, tel est le sort des enfants syriens sous le régime d’Assad. Le 4 avril, deux avions ont décollé de Chaïrat, base aérienne du régime soutenue par la Russie. Il est hautement probable qu’ils ont bombardé des civils à Khan Cheikhoun au moyen de gaz mortels. Ce qui a suivi est trop affreux à décrire : une agonie longue et douloureuse pour des bébés, des femmes et des personnes âgées, sans distinction. Des morts par dizaines, des centaines de blessés qui porteront à jamais les séquelles de cette attaque. C’est une honte pour le régime syrien et ses alliés, une honte pour le monde.… Seguir leyendo »
Like all the rest of us I have been looking with sickened disbelief at the changes in the map of northern Iraq, and the Ebola-like spread of the fanatics. It seems incredible that the disintegration should happen so fast.
It was only in May this year that we welcomed a dynamic and forward-looking young politician to City Hall in London. His name is Nechirvan Barzani, and he is the prime minister of the fledgling state of Kurdistan. He brought his finance guy, his transport minister, his tourism minister – the whole lot.
For about an hour we talked about the great Kurdish boom, and their plans to build ski resorts, hotels: how to put the place firmly on the map for the British tourist.… Seguir leyendo »
One of the reasons I am a Conservative is that, in the end, I just can’t stand the intellectual dishonesty of the Left. In my late teens I found I had come to hate the way Lefties always seemed to be trying to cover up embarrassing facts about human nature, or to refuse to express simple truths – and I disliked the pious way in which they took offence, and tried to shoosh you into silence, if you blurted such a truth.
Let me give you a current example of this type of proposition. It is a sad but undeniable fact that the First World War – in all its murderous horror – was overwhelmingly the result of German expansionism and aggression.… Seguir leyendo »