Which curiously fails to mention:
- The PM’s alleged pressure to tone down the conclusions of the enquiry (ironically, reported by The Times)
- Rutnam’s statement that he had previously warned / advised PP re her conduct, thereby invalidating an important part of her defence.
Small things but it gives me no end of happiness to wander around our French neighbourhood and joke with the lady in Franprix about the crazy English or discuss the latest Covid stats with the guy in Nicolas or ask after the baby of the lady who works in the boucherie.
There’s a real pleasure, a sense of positive self accomplishment, in being foreign, somewhere else, and despite being from elsewhere, being entirely accepted into this different community.
My favourite long running discussion is, Who is more crazy? The English or the French. Opinions differ. The French, in my unscientific view, were pretty much convinced they were more crazy.
What does business want? Everyone thinks that business wants lower taxes and less regulations. And, of course, that is generally true. But less attention is paid to what business actually needs.
Taxes and regulations are much less important than the comfort that power will not and cannot be exercised arbitrarily, that individual merit (competitive advantage) will define success, and that long term investment decisions can be made because the environment is predictable.
Right so re the EU deal malarkey. 1. Johnson isn’t going to agree until the last possible moment (that’s his way) 2. The trade off will be fish for LPF etc 3. The interesting political question is when Cummings makes his move...
And what’s the worst Cummings can do?
Even in a very extreme situation (ie there’s a leadership vote of confidence), Johnson would win.
1. Do you remember the Ennio Morricone composed theme tune to the Good the Bad and the Ugly? I ask because it began to rattle through my head as I read today’s Sunday Times.
2. I am the simplest of men, an old hermit whose best days are lost in the mists of time. It is not for me to indicate with my staff the specific qualities of a particular piece. But. But. For your Sunday morning pleasure I thought it might be helpful to highlight a few.
3. In no particular order, I first draw your attention to this most remarkable piece. Perhaps consider it an amuse bouche before we move into meatier fare.
1. As I perused this fascinating piece, the first thought that leaped to mind was not ‘those dastardly Europeans’ or ‘this dastardly government’ but ‘ecological fallacy’, a phrase one occasionally encounters on this twitter.