Author Archives: Charles West

Is another war inevitable?

I want to start with a quote: “Every modern state is governed by the privileged, that is, by those who control industry by owning railroads, lands, mines, banks, and credit. These men thus obtain enormous and unearned capital, for which … Continue reading

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Punishment: time to put it behind us.

“This hurts me more than it hurts you,” said the headmaster as he reached for his cane. “Pull your pants down boy, I need to see your cheeks glow.” “This hurts me more than it hurts you,” says the apocryphal … Continue reading

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My Cassandra Moment

Sometimes I feel a bit like Cassandra, remember her? She was the lady blessed with the gift of prophesy and the curse that no-one would believe her. Today’s “news”: 1) Owen Smith warns that the Conservatives have ‘secret’ plans to … Continue reading

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You can drive a car with three wheels, but why would you?

If the UK is to leave the EU it is possible that doing so may make the world a little bit fairer, so maybe it is time to look on the bright side. Continue reading

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We needed a revolution, but not this one

It feels as if I am waking from a nightmare; a nightmare where we have turned out backs on our friends, we have turned our backs on cooperation over trade, culture, science, care of the environment, security and the control … Continue reading

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Britain has just committed an act of self-harm

The titleĀ of an article by the economics editor of The Times caught my eye: “The poorest voted for Brexit, now they will bear the brunt of the cost“. How true, I thought and started reading. The opening sentence brought me … Continue reading

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The Death of Europe, or just the UK?

I can’t believe that the sun is still shining this morning. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has just voted to leave the European Union. 52% of those voting chose to leave. There will be pundits with … Continue reading

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