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The voices we hear – and don’t hear – as poll fever bites

The rancorous tone of the election campaign here, even before its official start, suggests many readers might prefer to take a spin in a Land Rover driven by Prince Philip than endure three more months of political noise. Expect it to get even louder and nastier. Bill Clinton, at one time a vote-winner of note, [...]

The economic miracle of a land dubbed ‘ardently capitalist communist’

A couple of weeks ago, from 10,000km away, I had an epiphany. Or several of them. On a family vacation, I was standing outside the enormous, postmodern Samsung factory near Da Nang, a coastal city and resort in central Vietnam. The first of these was a remembrance, aided by Max Hastings’ new book, Vietnam — An Epic [...]

By |2019-01-25T09:21:59+00:00January 25th, 2019|International Politics, Opinion, Uncategorized|0 Comments

ANC’s overblown manifesto has a Clinton-Lewinsky feel to it

Even if you could believe the anti-corruption pledge in the document, its lists would be politically anorexic Snippets from the recently launched ANC election manifesto conjured up the famous quip of Dorothy Parker about a spectacularly bad book: “This is not a novel to be tossed away lightly. It should be thrown away with great [...]

Bigger picture says DA should ditch EFF in metros

During the holiday season I attended a glitzy event in Cape Town for which the acronym MINO - money is no obstacle - applied in spades. During a lull in festivities, I had what might be termed a "Peter Bruce encounter'', though in circumstances likely more bling than those prevailing in his legendary pubs. An [...]

Fool circle: We’ve gone from ‘idle bantu’ to ‘lackadaisical white’

Cyril has it in for lazy whites, but his all-purpose smear by racial group is hardly confined to the ‘new dawn’ era December 16 marks SA’s officially designated Day of Reconciliation. But to judge how little progress has been made on this path you simply needed to tune in to snippets of a radio interview [...]

By |2018-12-19T08:32:51+00:00December 19th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Interesting parallels between SA and UK, both are at political crossroads

Parliament's approval of land expropriation without compensation could set SA on a slippery slope while Theresa May's Brexit nightmare continues Is SA, inexorably, on the slide-path to a destination named Venezuela or Zimbabwe? On Tuesday, this parallel was top of mind for some when parliament voted — after just 86 minutes of debate — to adopt [...]

Facing economic disaster, we’re still in the dark about Cyril’s ‘reform’

Are some countries simply unreformable? This bleak, pre-festive season thought occurs just as Eskom, in the guise of the movie villain The Grinch who Stole Christmas,  plunges the country once again into December darkness. Before interrogating some of the known facts hobbling Megawatt Park, it is quite unknown if Cyril Ramaphosa is a serious reformer, [...]

By |2018-12-05T08:59:15+00:00December 5th, 2018|Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brexpropriation a common thread of woe in SA and UK

To adapt Tolstoy, "Every unhappy country is unhappy in its own way". Recently, the parliaments of the UK and SA proved this anew. On November 15, British Prime Minister Theresa May, a cricket fan, faced three hours of verbal bouncers in the House of Commons, where most members, especially from her own team, tried to [...]

By |2018-11-25T07:38:37+00:00November 25th, 2018|Brexit, Cyril Ramaphosa, Uncategorized|0 Comments

De Lille gives ANC a glimmer of hope to take back the Cape

Despite modest support, she will create at least the possibility of handing the province to the ruling party Staying Power -  Many might wonder whether Patricia de Lille, approaching 70, and with nary an ideological wobble, can really reinvent herself for a fourth time.  Where on earth could a public discussion on the challenges facing [...]

By |2018-11-21T08:39:28+00:00November 21st, 2018|Brexit, Democratic Alliance, Patricia de Lille, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The DA dilemma: Looking two ways at once

There is the well-known joke about a foreign tourist lost in the mists of the Irish country side. He asks one of the locals for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies, “Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here.” If you localised the characters, doubtless the squadron of South African politically correct [...]

By |2018-11-20T14:05:43+00:00November 20th, 2018|Democratic Alliance, Uncategorized|0 Comments