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Brexit won’t hand victory to the SNP. A unionists’ breakdown just might.

From the Spectator’s Coffee House Blog. There’s a lot going on the UK right now, much of it has to do with the Tories looking around trying to find something approaching a leader, while labor is having a fairly civil war on itself. That means that Nicola Sturgeon is making hay while the sun shines, pushing […]

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Britain must reconnect with its Christian roots to heal post-referendum divisions

Francis Phillips wrote today in The Catholic Herald a most interesting article, and yes, I know her slightly, and like her, from Jess’ site (and a few others). She’s an eminently sensible person and a very nice one. She may be, alone of my British friends, the lone supporter of Brexit, which isn’t as surprising as […]

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Nine Key Takeaways from Brexit

What an amazing vote. The people of the United Kingdom defied the supposed experts, rejected a fear-based campaign by advocates of the status quo, and declared their independence from the European Union. Here are some takeaway thoughts on this startling development. 1. The UK has voted to leave a sinking ship. Because of unfavorable demographics […]

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The Economic Case for Brexit

On June 23, the people of the United Kingdom will have the opportunity to restore sovereignty and protect democracy by voting in a national referendum to leave the European Union. They should choose “leave” over “remain.” The European Union’s governmental manifestations (most notably, an über-powerful bureaucracy called the European Commission, a largely powerless but nonetheless […]

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Lefty bishops rumbled. Thought for the Day is hugely biased against the market economy – The Conservative Woman

This is interesting. Yes, it’s about the BBC, and so maybe not directly relevant to us. But then again, I think what Britain (and the world) think of us has at least some relevance. In addition, I wonder if it doesn’t apply full force to NPR also because it seems to me to have much the […]

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The Queen’s 90th Birthday

  I wanted to write another post on leadership today, so I did. Today is Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Like the very luckily much younger (and far more beautiful) Laura says here, “she’s the only Queen of the United Kingdom, I’ve ever known”. And Britain and the Commonwealth, and yes, the United States, as well, is very […]

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An object lesson in PR from David Cameron and Justin Welby

This strikes me as a great lesson for all of us, about how things are perceived. Yes, it comes from the UK, but the lesson is timeless. From The Spectator I don’t think there is a Royal College of Public Relations, but if there were, it should teach a course based on a comparison between […]

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For Keeping Money out of the Hands of Politicians, Three Cheers for David Cameron’s Parents

I recently wrote a primer on the issue of tax evasion, which is illegal. I made the elementary point that low tax rates and a simple tax code are the best (and only good) way of promoting high levels of tax compliance. Now let’s shift to the related topic of tax avoidance, which is legal. […]

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Obama’s wrong. Americans should back Brexit – and so should you

Because Americans love Britain, and because we are a presumptuous lot, we often advise the United Kingdom on its foreign policy. And not only the UK, but Europe. Successive US administrations have urged European nations to form a United States of Europe as an answer to the question attributed to Henry Kissinger: ‘Who do I […]

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Why Americans Should Back Brexit

What the UK decides to do about the EU is really none of our business, or is it? Britain and the Commonwealth are the only real friends we, as Americans, have in the world. We have many interests, and allies, but they are our only friends, and if you look, they pay much attention to […]

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Michael Gove on the EU, and a comparison

Embed from Getty Images Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Justice, came out the other day with a statement on the referendum for Britain to leave the EU. I found it most impressive, so here it is in its entirety. I’ll have a bit to say after. For weeks now I have been wrestling […]

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America would never join anything like the EU. Yet our government urges them to stay

Like John Kerry below, I think the US has a profound interest, in a very strong UK, but I think the only way for the UK to remain very strong is to leave the EU. That is mostly because I have come to believe that Europe, at least as we have known it, is mortally […]

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Of Super Bowls and Common Markets

Well, I did end up watching the Super Bowl, and enjoying it. It was my sort of game, but then long ago, I was a defensive tackle, who loved to see quarterbacks sacked, sometimes including our own (his ego was pretty much outsized!) But in truth what I liked was that both teams, but especially […]

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Virtuous Reality Specs

Heh! This is from England, but I’m very sure you’ll recognize the symptoms and easily be able to substitute the appropriate Americans. Zika, who cares (yet anyway), this is really dangerous! If you think today’s violent porno online culture is corrupting our kids, wait until you see what’s coming next. Games involving extreme violence, murder, […]

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Mother of Parliaments

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day watching the British debate on air strikes in Syria, it was a fascinating exercise. We get so used to the petty squabbling and personal attacks in Congress that we tend to say, “That’s as good as it gets.” But it’s not, the debate yesterday was intelligent, […]

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I will tell you want Isis don’t want. Overwhelming western military force

This! Where, in God’s name, is the fire from our governments? We have been attacked (still again) and while David Cameron and François Hollande are making some of the right noises, and doing some of the right things, it seems to me to be rather half-hearted. We are not going to defeat IS from 29,999 feet, […]

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Whittle, Cruz, and Polls

Bill Whittle on Ted Cruz and media bias. You know that may explain something. Have you noticed, as I have, that in the age of Obama, we conservatives/Republicans (whatever, whichever, and don’t forget right libertarians either) can’t seem to win a national election, but we have something like 75% of the state legislatures, most of […]

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Pots and Kettles: Part 34,295

There’s been a lot of noise amongst my British friends the last week about how awful it is that David Cameron and *gasp* the Queen, received Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, and put him up for several days at Buckingham Palace. Now granted that Xi is no angel, nor should we think him a good […]

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Corbyn as Labour Party Leader in Britain: Are Increased Deficits Implied or Avoidable?

The notion that a political party oriented to redressing the widening economic inequality during the years following the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent debt-crisis in the E.U. necessarily must increase government deficits to do so is, I submit, faulty. That is to say, being especially oriented to the plight of the poor, with the goal being the elimination of extreme poverty, can be consistent with fiscal responsibility. The election of a socialist as leader of Britain’s Labour party presents us with an interesting case of assumed fiscal irresponsibility.


The complete essay is at “Anti-Poverty and Budget Deficits.”

Jeremy Corbyn upon being elected as leader of the British Labour Party (Jeff Mitchell/Getty)


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Corbyn as Labour Party Leader in Britain: Are Increased Deficits Implied or Avoidable?

The notion that a political party oriented to redressing the widening economic inequality during the years following the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent debt-crisis in the E.U. necessarily must increase government deficits to do so is, I submit, faulty. That is to say, being especially oriented to the plight of the poor, with the goal being the elimination of extreme poverty, can be consistent with fiscal responsibility. The election of a socialist as leader of Britain’s Labour party presents us with an interesting case of assumed fiscal irresponsibility.


The complete essay is at “Anti-Poverty and Budget Deficits.”

Jeremy Corbyn upon being elected as leader of the British Labour Party (Jeff Mitchell/Getty)


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