Fearing default, Russia issues new currency

Shock move sees Rouble recalled. Faced with the prospect of defaulting on its US-denominated loans, and rebuffed when it suggested making its payments in a Rouble fast becoming worthless, Russia has issued a new currency – the Rubble. Announcing the issue of the Rubble, a spokesman for the Central Bank of Russia commented, ‘Let’s face […]

In Praise of Dangerous Leaders

“The one man that terrifies me more than Vladimir Putin right now is Joe Biden”, I said, confident that my dinner companions would rise to the bait. Just to make sure, I added, ‘this would never have happened if Trump was in the White House’. Cue polite, bourgeois outrage – ‘I think Biden’s response has […]

Ivermectin vs Remdesivir

We have been denied an effective Covid treatment through sheer bigotry. From its outset, one of the key attributes of the Covid virus has been that not only is it highly virulent, but there is no effective antiviral treatment for those that catch it, and the only protection available is to be had from weakly-effective […]

Has Putin finally lit the bonfire of the West’s vanities?

Will the invasion do the job Covid failed to do? For two years, now, Harrumpf has devoted itself almost exclusively to condemning, and poking fun at, the absurd, but catastrophically costly response to the moderately nasty Covid virus, a contagion which, even in its earliest and most virulent form posed a lethal threat only to […]

Lucky, plucky little Denmark

After a fortnight of freedom, how’s it going in the Land of the newly Free? As a half-Dane, the news that Denmark was planning, from the beginning of this month, to scrap all its ‘NPIs’ (Non-Pharmaceutic Interventions – do keep up!) and to declare Covid 19 to be no longer a ‘socially critical disease’ was […]


Or ‘treatments’ of dubious efficacy, cooked up in undue haste, and given a leave pass by panic-struck regulators? It has always seemed to me a bit dodgy that the purveyors of the so-called vaccines that have been foisted upon us were allowed to enter use in double-quick time, breaching time-honoured protocols for preclinical safety testing. […]

Frustrating Gresham’s Law

Must we keep seeing the bad money drive out the good? Winston Churchill famously said that ‘democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried.’ He was clear-eyed about the shortcomings of democracy, but equally critical of the flaws in other systems, which he found to be […]

Crash and Carrie

My UK correspondent Christine Battle has written persuasively about the ironies attending the dire straits in which that country’s Prime Minister finds himself. Yes, the conduct that has occurred in his house is reprehensible, and should have painful consequences for all concerned. Just what those consequences should be, however, remains a matter for contentious debate. […]

Letter from Blighty

Christine Battle reflects on Partygate, and finds something to thank it for. Personally, I’ve got nothing but the warmest of feelings for the Number 10 official who decided, in the middle of England’s lockdown in May 2020, to arrange a wine-and-cheese get-together in the garden of our Prime Minister’s home in Downing Street. And then […]