Monthly Archives: April 2009

Picking Winners

Back in the Golden Age of Harold Wilson, two phrases were on everyone’s lips. “The white heat of the technological revolution”; and “picking winners”. The idea was that technology would change our lives for the better, that governments and ministers … Continue reading

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Piracy: Paying the Ransom

As I write, American Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama is drifting in the Indian Ocean in a lifeboat, some hundreds of miles from land, with limited food and water and (probably) no fuel, and with four armed Somali … Continue reading

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President Obama lays an egg

A Turkey Egg.  The President’s trip to Europe, and his first visit to a Muslim country, Turkey, has been widely hailed as a success.  But he has annoyed French President Nicholas Sarkozy, and others, by repeatedly calling for Turkey to … Continue reading

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G20: Drawing the battle lines

It’s All Fools’ Day, and the G20 on which Gordon Brown has pinned so much hope will formally start in London tomorrow.  Already the battle lines are clear.  The US and the UK (or rather Obama and Brown) are calling … Continue reading

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