Monthly Archives: January 2006

Hamas win no surprise

The newspapers tell me Hamas won a surprise victory in the Palestinian elections. I must have missed that. They also say Hamas can be domesticated by European diplomatic chitchat. I missed that, too. Finally, they say this result is a … Continue reading

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Electoral paralysis is only a symptom of our main maladies

My mother once heard a man stagger off the golf course gasping “Thank God that’s over.” Doubtless he played again soon. So shall we, politically.
In this election we avoided one disaster. Liberal re-election after so much scandal, ineptitude and bombast … Continue reading

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Behind the spin

The 2005-06 election features the curious sight of the major parties running hard with the usual partisan fervour, but without platforms. Each knows its policies are best. It just doesn’t know what they are. Except the Bloc. Yet voters can … Continue reading

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A cage of his own for rational man

Recently a South African bandit decided a good place to hide from security guards was the Bengal tiger’s enclosure in the zoo. I wish my friend and colleague Dan Gardner had been there to see it before homo economicus, the … Continue reading

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Horror Flick Provides Relief From Leaders’ Debate

Right after the second English leader’s debate I watched the end of Boris Karloff’s 1932 The Mummy. The stilted speech, the atmosphere of gloom … it was a relief to get away from that to some … Continue reading

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