Quotebank Archive

  • How much harm can one man do?

    Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton wasn’t the result most of us wanted or expected, but it’s what we’ve got. The question now is what next? Trump’s promises on the campaign trail were variously bombastic and implausible. He couldn’t keep them all, even if they were […]

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  • What is Scottish nationalism for?

    The publication last week of the Scottish government’s White Paper on independence, Scotland’s Future, an important question was settled.  What are the aims of an independent Scotland?  (Assuming, that is, that it gets that far). Scottish nationalism started life as a republican, anti-militarist project: no to […]

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  • John F Kennedy: The first order of business is for our European friends to go forward in forming the more perfect union

    The nations of Western Europe, long divided by feuds far more bitter than any which existed among the 13 colonies, are today joining together, seeking, as our forefathers sought, to find freedom in diversity and in unity, strength. The United States looks on this vast […]

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  • Vince Cable: A transition from governance built around nation states

    What will be the most important priority for the future well-being of both people and our planet? Making a transition from governance built around nation states to one with a strong system of global rules to deal with shared problems such as climate change and […]

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  • How the world turns

    It is not only the world of politics that is turned upside down by the European banking crisis and the ineffectual way in which political leaders are dealing with it.  Historical and cultural commentators, too, are in turmoil. Niall Ferguson, poster boy of Atlanticism, is […]

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  • The lady in the lake

    Taking a break from thinking about the future of the eurozone or the prospects for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, I took a trip to 1940s California in the company of Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler’s iconic, hardbitten private detective.  But amidst the glitz of Hollywood and […]

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  • The democratic deficit is the price Norway pays for being outside the EU

    Some British Eurosceptics continually refer to the Norwegian model of being outside the EU but able to trade with it.  As it happens, the Norwegian government has just published a comprehensive review of its relationship with the European Union (“Outside and Inside – Norway’s agreements […]

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  • Radoslaw Sikorski: I fear Germany’s power less than her inactivity

    The break up of the eurozone would be a crisis of apocalyptic proportions, going beyond our financial system. Once the logic of “each man for himself” takes hold, can we really trust everyone to act in a communitarian way and resist the temptation to settle […]

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  • Charles Darwin: man ought to extend his social instincts

    “As man advances in civilisation, and small tribes are united into larger communities, the simplest reason would tell each individual that he ought to extend his social instincts and sympathies to all the members of the same nation, though personally unknown to him. This point […]

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  • “State, Faith and Nation – the European Conundrum” (14 September 2011)

    The 33rd Corbishley Lecture will be given by Professor Joseph Weiler on “State, Faith and Nation – the European Conundrum”, on Wednesday 14 September at 6.30 pm in the House of Lords by kind courtesy of WPCT Patrons Lord Tomlinson and Lord Williamson, and with […]

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