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PEARL OF THE BALTIC: The elderly are suffering in Riga

WHEN, in 2013, I predicted the collapse of the EUSSR (European Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) there were chortles but they are not laughing now. Germany lurches from crisis to crisis under a rickety coalition regime. As an aside, post-war Germany is hindered by an illegal constitution imposed by the Allies in 1945. Germany’s armed […]

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A dynasty slaughtered

THIS year marks the centennial of the massacre of Imperial Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In July 1918, their Bolshevik captors herded the doomed family into a basement in Yekaterinburg under the pretext that their photograph was to be taken. The Tsar and Tsarina Alexandra, their daughters, Olga (22), Tatiana (21), Maria (19), […]

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Foreign aid an international swindle

AMIDST savage cuts in Britain’s social services South African President Cyril Ramaphosa returns from his visit to London having trousered £50 million in foreign aid. South Africa recently passed laws that allow the state seizure of legally held white-owned assets. No wonder people, who should be paying an interest in politics, avoid the topic even […]

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Error terror of air travel

MY jet-setting son suggested that he would welcome the onset of pilotless flying. Recoiling in horror, I heatedly replied that nothing would get me to board a computer-managed airliner. In fact, many air disasters result not from mechanical but from pilot error. It is possible to provide multi-backed up computer systems that virtually eliminate inflight […]

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Taken for mugs

THE British electorate, are constantly cheated, scorned and taken for fools by their self-styled lords and masters. The latest insult is a peer’s impudent demand that the retired elderly should do community work or lose their pensions. Lord Bichard, or Baron Bichard to you serfs, has never been employed in a proper job. A career […]

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The making of a legend

PRESIDENTS and premiers concede that media, rather than the ballot box, decide who rules parliaments. Media can break and they can make legends. One of mainstream’s most enduring creations was that of Nelson Mandela. Indeed, media beatification of one of the world’s most toxic terrorists calls into question the integrity of western journalism. It begs […]

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Who’s laughing now

WHERE mass demonstrations failed and insurrection found wanting many a regime was brought crashing to the ground by ridicule. The royal houses of Britain could shrug off criticism by the bucketful but what the ruling elite fear most is ridicule. Making fun of the Soviet system was sure to get the joker a one-way ticket […]

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Tourism winners and losers

TOURISM in Greece, Germany, France and Turkey has been ravaged by the refugee crisis. These countries have endured lethal terrorist attacks that have damaged a crucial source of taxes. Off-the-beaten-path locations like Bulgaria and Croatia are raking in travel revenues. Poland and Hungary, along with the Czech Republic and Slovenia, are expected to benefit from […]