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The end of the beginning? Or just the end of the prologue?

There’s a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. What do you get the person who has everything? More of what they have? Another, slightly related question – what was Vladimir Putin trying to achieve with his invasion of Ukraine? There are people well-versed in the Russian psyche, …

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A tale of two Victory Days

We won then. We will win again here May 9, Victory in Europe Day, was a time to look back and celebrate the liberation of Europe, the end of the war against Nazi Germany, but also a point from which to look forward, the plan and to rebuild Europe and …

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The kids are allright

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. When you’re a child, you tend to think that the big people have it all covered. That they are …

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War is hell

Whatever happened to, Leon Trotsky He got an ice-pick, that made his ears burn   Skimming through the headlines and I find myself with a whole range of emotions, depending on the story I’m reading. I don’t care, I really don’t, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is thinking about …

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Time’s up for Boris, surely?

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.   On balance, I think I have changed my mind. Last week, I wrote a piece which looked at the issue from both …

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Should he stay or should he go?

What’s gone, and what’s past help, Should be past grief. The trouble with there being so very many things to get angry about is often that you don’t know where to begin and so your anger gets dissipated. I’m rather afraid of this happening right now. I wrote quite a …

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War, what is it good for?

The horror, the horror There are some things, some sights that etch themselves into your very soul and from which, having witnessed them you may never quite be the same again. The images coming out of Bucha, of Ukrainian civilians slaughtered with their hands tied behind their backs, of a …

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Spring (statement) forward…fall back

When everything you do, you do too long, and do too late, you can’t expect to find the people still there. It’s a cliché, true, and one that regular readers of this column will know I am inordinately fond of, but once again, a UK Chancellor has delivered a curate’s …

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The love of money

All that glisters is not gold There is so much going on in this industry at the moment, so much to write about and think about. There are anniversaries of long-standing family run companies, there are energy-intensive manufacturers investing in the sustainability of their processes and there is the march …

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The horrible cost

But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart’s desire, their dream… But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you once wanted. It was International Women’s Day last week and it rather passed me by. I was busy …

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