The Daily Paradox

A universal anger

The tragic events in Dallas, Minneapolis and several other States plus the continuing terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere tell us that the world is angry. Brexit was even cited as an example of people’s wrath taking control of their heads. I’m not sure that is true of the electorate but it certainly seems…
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A politician’s duty about Brexit

How rare it is today to hear anyone talk about duty except as a description of tax. It seems as though we have got into a frame of mind where “Duty Free” applies to our personal standards, as well as at the airport, and absolves us of any personal responsibility. Very misleading because we are…
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Who decides business ethics?

Of all the lessons we learn in this world the most compelling is that it is no good expecting “them” to do something unless we do it ourselves, at least at first. “They”, of course, are Governments, European Unions, Business Associations, Religions, Social Associations of all sorts. The lesson of age is how amazingly singular…
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The Brexit curtain goes up

For those who thought the curtain had come down on Brexit now that UK has decided to leave, bad luck. It has only just gone up. We are barely into Act 1 of a drama that will play for years. There are many excellent, deep analyses of the outcome and a Daily Paradox is not…
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Which People decided?

To be a responsible leader you have to lead. David Cameron is a responsible leader – or, at least I thought he was until he resigned. I even said he had to resign at the time. His credibility seemed destroyed by a majority Leave vote. Well, by 52% of those who voted, anyway. Some 30%…
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Britain should form an all-party coalition government

Britain has not declared war on Europe but it has slammed the door pretty assertively in Europe’s face. The consequences will not be military, I hope and trust. They will be antagonistic. Other members of the EU will see what we have done as an aggressive act of sabotage. Whether intended or not it can…
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Good-bye Europe? And good-bye who else?

Britain has voted to leave the European Union by a small majority. A shadow has fallen across Europe and world. The work of actually leaving now has to start. It may take some time. The other members of the EU will not like our decision. But they need to keep trading with us. There are…
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Brexit – the Daily Paradox’s last word

I’m leaving the last word to a scholarly diplomat whose wisdom I would like to share. Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei is an Egyptian law scholar and diplomat who was the last Vice President of Egypt serving on an acting basis from 14 July 2013 until his resignation on 14 August 2013 – Born: June 17, 1942…
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For Brexit - see the wood, not the trees

For Brexit – see the wood, not the trees

Since 1973 Britain has flourished more than any other EU member. That may be why so many people want Britain to leave the EU and forge ahead – as they see it, unencumbered by the laborious processes, corruption and incompetency of much of the EU system. The debate on Leave or Remain has been distinguished…
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Smart technology demands sound philosophy

As Lucy Kellaway says in the Financial Times “Smart technology is making us dumber”. She’s not quite right, though, is she? We are getting smarter about smart technology – it’s that or die. She is right when she means that we are thinking less for ourselves and relying more on others, including smart technology, to…
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