Brexit

Premier move: Maimane dodged the bullet of political idiocy

By wisely turning away from the baubles of premiership, the DA leader avoided splitting the party leadership Last week in London I attended a dinner with some starring members of the British political establishment. The entire menu of conversations covered Brexit, and that was a day before Theresa May was ambushed by the European Union [...]

Come what May, there is a finer model for our future

When the economy is spluttering at 1% growth it is time to put on the hair shirt, not to go on a drinking binge Visionary leadership is much commented on these days precisely because of its absence. It has almost disappeared from public life and politics, here and everywhere. When you think of Winston Churchill [...]

The Big Read: Expect only the unexpected

'Present at the Creation' was the title of US Secretary of State Dean Acheson's autobiography. As the US's chief diplomat between 1949 and 1953, he inaugurated and witnessed key events that shaped our world after the end of the war against Hitler and the commencement of the Cold War between the US and the Soviet [...]

By |2017-06-20T21:29:28+00:00June 14th, 2017|Brexit, International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Restive voters pull rug from under the feet of complacent potentates

It’s the memes wot won it. This shorthand definition of an image, video or cartoon — usually humorous and shared rapidly by internet users — is one of many explanations for the extraordinary results posted in Thursday’s British general election. Bundled off the campaign just three days before the poll because of a series of [...]

By |2017-06-12T21:03:51+00:00June 12th, 2017|Brexit, International Politics, World Politics|0 Comments

Trump’s dream has come true — now for swamp-draining, walls and wars

Tony Leon: The president-elect might pay little attention to SA or tear up key treaties in order to ‘make America great again Karl Marx was right and Thomas Friedman was wrong. That’s one of the "huge" — to use one of US president-elect Donald J Trump’s favourite words — consequences of Wednesday’s US electoral earthquake. [...]

By |2016-11-10T19:32:09+00:00November 10th, 2016|Brexit, Donald Trump, US elections|0 Comments

Brexit vote has evaporated the certainties of decades

AMONG the many benefits of being in residence as a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics some years back, was to become acquainted with some of the faculty at a university overflowing with the academic equivalents of rock stars. Niall Ferguson, the whip-smart and charismatic professor of history, had a keen interest in SA, which [...]

By |2016-07-09T21:43:41+00:00July 8th, 2016|Brexit, International Politics|0 Comments

After Brexit, the great unravelling

Unlikely a place as England might be for a political earthquake, it is perhaps the setting for a great unravelling In July 1961, in London's West End, a new musical play debuted to critical and commercial success. Entitled Stop the World - I Want to Get Off , it was set in a circus. Last [...]