Monday, May 20, 2002

Is this the beginning of the end of the liberal British media's love affair with Europe, or more specificially the EU? Today's Guardian has two major comment articles hostile to the EU, one Peter Preston arguing that Europe has to put its own house in order before criticizing the EU, and a very anti-euro piece by economics editor Larry Elliot who makes the good point that the three most pro-Euro Tories, Ken Clarke, Chris Patten and Micheal Heseltine are the same three who as advocates of the ERM-first policy in the early 1990s destroyed the Tory Party. Question now must be will the Guardian support a 'yes' vote in any referendum. The answer is surely no.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Sometimes Julie Burchill gets it spot on. Today's letter in The Guardian is spot on.

Thursday, May 02, 2002

The American economist Brad de Long runs by far the best economics/current affairs website. Just one post will not do it justice as it is so good a reference to it should be posted every day. His articles are revelatory, his links fantastic. A viz-style caveat is required: it's not as good as it used to be. For some reason he has taken it upon himself (post-September 11th?) to constantly remind the world of how great the USA was, how it's WWII conduct was perfect, how it is the shining beacon of hope, how it never acts except in enlightented benevolence blah blah etc. Coming from a man so obviously supremely intelligent and a force for good it is doubly depressing. The Economist pointed out a few week's back about American's and the rest of the world -- you can tell them why they are disliked 'til you are blue in the face but they 'just don't geddit'.