Rafe MAIR

Former lawyer, cabinet minister and scratch golfer who went into honest work and became a broadcaster and writer on public affairs.

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Where Is the Real Democracy Here?

There are, it scarcely needs saying, many forms of so-called «democracy»... Let’s turn to the USA, the self-proclaimed paragon of democratic virtue... Twice in my lifetime, the presidential election may well have been...

The Mouse Lies down with the Elephant

The relationship between Canada and the United States is difficult enough for Canadians much less others to understand... The American nation came about by a sense of «manifest destiny» which meant, in their view, they had a right...

A «Nobler» Route to the Prize

International lessons are hard learned. When powerful countries mess about in other lands sooner or later it backfires... The situation in the Middle East has been simmering for a long time and it is indeed hard to tell the players...

Farewell UK

...The United Kingdom will leave the European Union within 5 years and likely sooner. In making this assessment it’s largely wasteful to scan the economic issues for they are not a driving force. In fact the catalyst is one...

The Tumult and the Shouting Dies

The European Union is an empire. Empires are often unwilling to describe themselves as such. My own effort would be «numbers of ethnically diverse peoples who have a political and economic history together». To that I would add,...

A New Deal for Israel

Just like bouts of poison ivy, every few years we see a watershed visit to Israel by a sitting US president. And every time that happens we’re all supposed to take heart. Then the usual drift...

Britain and the EU, a crap shoot?

What Britain has shown since it came into the Common Market, now the EU, on January 1, 1973 is an unwillingness to throw in its lot with Europe when it doesn’t suit them; whether its social policy or fiscal union, Britain has...