The Daily Paradox

The Lights of Deepavali

for 24th October 2022 If there is one thing the world needs more than anything else right now it is a Row of Lights. Lights that shine brightly, lights that illuminate the beauty of humanity, lights that show the way in an otherwise somewhat gloomy and disrupted world. The pathway along which we shuffle in…
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Personal Dignity

A much admired reader of The Daily Paradox has asked me to write about honesty and truth in politics. It is a request I cannot resist but I do so from a different point of view to the tradition of ‘truth is right’. When I asked my four year old great granddaughter Phoebe, last Sunday,…
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“Back again? Dear, oh, dear.”

Words exchanged between a Monarch and his Prime Minister are not known but the (probably fictional) comment used in the title of today’s Daily Paradox is too much fun to ignore. If it wasn’t said it ought to have been. Not because a modern Monarch has the right to comment on the political scene over…
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Governance Crossroads

Political ideologies are at a crossroads. Those who favour democracy for the ability to speak freely nevertheless think that its present practice is corrupt and unsustainable. They see a decline of both commercial and personal values and consign democracy to the political dustbin. Those who prefer autocratic management also think it is corrupt – and…
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‘Everything’s OK’

The Northern Autumn of 2022 will long be remembered in the annals of political gaffes for an apparent breakdown in comprehension. As discussed in a previous Daily Paradox, the world is waiting for reassurance on so many fronts that you’d think the up-and-coming generation of leaders would be busy avoiding a whole set of predictable…
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Policy & Practice

The word policy was never mentioned in my education. Bearing in mind the excessive sums of money that my father had to pay for me, that was a disgrace. I don’t remember even beginning to understand the concept of policy until I was in my 20s when I had to sort it out. My first…
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The Big Switch

Competition to Cooperation Whether U-turns are the flavour of the month remains to be seen. They ought to be the flavour of the decade, even of the century. There are plenty of potential U-turns in the queue, from the United States redefining freedom to Russia redefining property. From autocracy redefining control to persuasion redefining participation.…
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The Feel of Confidence

“Trussonomics” isn’t just a screw-up of a major world currency, nor only the exacerbation of a sizable country’s disastrous economics and certainly not simply the disharmonised relationship between the rich and the poor. It is about whether you think that the person with their hands on the steering wheel knows which way to turn it.…
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Reflections on the response to Queen Elizabeth’s death

By Bob Gattie Although it was General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur who coined the phrase “Duty, Honour, Country” it is a phrase that was turning around in my head during the observance of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral rites. It is clear that she epitomised this motto to millions around the world and, collectively, we seemed…
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The world’s biggest problem

The world’s biggest problem is Growth. Growth of population – we have a finite planet that can probably comfortably handle about five billion people. We are nearing ten billion now. And still some political and religious bodies insist on population-increasing laws and rules whose outcomes only exacerbate the situation. It’s as if they wanted to…
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