Common Destiny, Common Duty, Common Instinct, Common Sense

The recent announcement of the AUKUS pact between Australia, The United Kingdom and the United States is, quite simply, the most important post-war development in Australian foreign policy history. It will define the coming decades both here in Australia and abroad, as well as signifying the completion of a reset of US, and a reestablishment of British, foreign policy. Continue reading Common Destiny, Common Duty, Common Instinct, Common Sense

The Antidote to Despair

A Response to Stan Grant and the politics of giving up There is little point beating about the bush. Times are tough. There are legitimate questions as to what the future will look like, and how we will get there. However, tough as times are, I remain immensely surprised at the intense negativity, bordering on, quite frankly, a neurotic defeatism, that I have seen displayed … Continue reading The Antidote to Despair

Blood on the flagstones of Democracy

When going to bed yesterday evening, I drifted to sleep in the knowledge that I would awake today and see reports of disputes and objections to the result of last November’s Presidential Election. Members of Congress had every right to take these actions – though, to be frank, they were (and are) ridiculous and pathetic attempts to dispute the clear and legitimate victory of president-elect … Continue reading Blood on the flagstones of Democracy

The Pearl of the Orient?

  “Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.”   HRH Charles, Prince of Wales   In 1997, an era ended and Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. For one-and-a-half centuries Hong Kong had developed, prospered and thrived under the influence of the West, becoming a beacon of freedom in Eastern Asia. The West … Continue reading The Pearl of the Orient?