Watching Brexit unfold from China, I despair at the inadequacy of the British political establishment

2 Nov

I remember once witnessing a drunk trying to stumble home one winter’s evening. The combination of inebriation and an ice-covered pavement turned this simple task into an epic quest. The drunk – wobbling and stumbling – not only failed to recognise the spectacle he was creating, but was unaware that he had, through his slips […]

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Brexit Britain should learn from what Sir John Cowperthwaite did to transform Hong Kong

27 Jul

The recent history of Hong Kong, from post-war to the British handover in 1997, and in contrast with the unsettled period of today, gives us in Britain important economic and political lessons. Beginning in an island, a port kept apart from the mainland by nature’s moat, such separation contains and incubates, leaving natural boundaries to […]

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