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January 21, 2017

Resolute

No comment from us on the inauguration of Donald J Trump to be President of the United States. Make of that what you will!

We note that January 20th was the day that the first elected Parliament in England gathered in 1265!

Representative government has consequences, mainly good.

President Trump will work at a desk called Resolute. A plate on the front of the desk presented to President Hayes bears the following inscription:

H.M.S. RESOLUTE formed part of the expedition sent in search of SIR JOHN FRANKLIN IN 1852. It was abandoned in latitude 74° 41' N longitude 101° 22' W[4] on May 15, 1854. She was discovered and extricated in September 1855 in latitude 67 degrees N[5] by Captain Buddington of the United States Whaler "GEORGE HENRY."

The ship was purchased, fitted out and sent to England as a gift to HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA by the PRESIDENT AND PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES as a token of goodwill & friendship. This table was made from her timbers when she was broken up, and is presented by the QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the RESOLUTE.

Let us all be resolute in defending freedom and fair play, wisdom and loving kindness!

January 17, 2017

How David Ricardo became wealthy

In his support for a more representative Parliament and a free press, Ricardo was also wise.

January 11, 2017

Claire Hollingsworth - amazing and steadfast


Claire Hollingsworth
, who has died at 105 in Hong Kong, "combined a professional determination to dig out world news with a practical compassion for the sufferings of humanity."

She sent the first reports that Nazi Germany had invaded and she saved the lives of thousands of refugees.

". . . Kate Adie, the veteran BBC war correspondent said Hollingworth was "a pioneer" for women in journalism who did not stop after her great scoop, when on to have a "a lifetime of journalism, full of adventure, good stories and terrific attention to detail and fact.

"She was a role model, without being aware of it. In the sense that she loved the job and had a terrific zest for journalism right to the end of her life. In her 90s she followed the news. I met her. Several times. When she was in her 70s and still with an eye on China and I remember going to the Foreign Correspondents club in Hong Kong and someone saying 'there's a legend upstairs'.

Robert Fox, the Telegraph's former defence and chief foreign correspondent, described Hollingworth as "amazing and steadfast".

"After the Falklands I remember she took me to lunch and asked me about the state of British Army. She used to take the trouble to come over to me, she was always interested and took a great deal of interest in younger reporters. She never put on side, and she regarded old and young in the whole business as kindred spirits."

She never shied from danger. She could look evil in the face and describe it.

Ave atque vale.

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