A lot of people seem to believe that the UK can solve its Brexit problems by “just staying in the single market” or a similar form of words. To put it another way, the underlying theory here is that the European Economic Area agreement gives the European single market an existence independent of the European…Read More Can you “just stay in the single market”?
Any discussion of Huawei relating to the Chinese “National Intelligence Law” has to start out from the recognition that all states, always, have tried to weaponize telecommunications systems and have taken considerable legal powers over people and property involved, even where they didn’t create the assets and organizations themselves. Take a look at Section 94,…Read More Enough with the bad faith about Huawei.
I recently read John Grindrod’s Concretopia and re-read Joe Moran’s On Roads one after the other. One thing that struck me: Grindrod’s is the better book, essentially because he goes to the places and talks to the people and avoids the temptation of filling up on old newspaper. Too many people setting out to write…Read More Opinion editorial is the worst historical source imaginable
Alan Feuer’s amazing Twitter reportage from the trial of El Chapo is a case study of the ambiguous relationship between security, surveillance, and social trust. Much of what we think we know about the emergence of the state and the creation of institutions derives from the problems of long-distance trade, usually in luxury products, in…Read More El Chapo and your website
This piece from Bridget Phillipson MP makes a strong case that a hypothetical second referendum campaign would need to be much more unashamedly European and come in from a more marked left-wing direction. Relatedly, Aditya Chakrabortty says that: I can’t see any way for remain to secure a convincing victory, apart from to present itself…Read More You can’t run as an insurgent if you agree with the government, and you might have to
If you’re looking for some TV that speaks to typical TYR preoccupations, 54 Hours might be it. This BBC/WDR coproduction retells the utterly berserk story of the 1988 hostage-taking in Gladbeck, West Germany, and successive police forces’ Keystonesque efforts to end it. I liked how it was recognizably a film noir without using any of…Read More TV recommendation: 54 Hours
Back at the end of 2007, as we dived into the trough of the Great Recession or Great Financial Crisis or Second Great Depression or what you will, a crucial decision was taken. Verizon Wireless, then still a Vodafone division, chose LTE for its new mobile network, and put one of the most important women…Read More Ten Years of 4G: Trump, Snowden, Huawei, and Brexit
So James Palmer of @BeijingPalmer fame recommended me Feng Jicai’s Ten Years of Madness as a good book on the Cultural Revolution. It’s all that. The best biog of Feng I’ve found is this French one, much better than the frankly thin Wikipedia coverage. He is a product of the old-school scholar gentry, a significant…Read More Boooks: Ten Years of Madness
I originally drafted this post as the second on Tim Shipman’s book last autumn. Having found and re-read it I have revised it, among other things to go with Jonathan Portes’ appreciation for Sir Jeremy Heywood, the signing of a Brexit agreement, and the outing of the American Friends of the IEA An interesting thought…Read More #AllOutWar On the Institutions
This Pro Publica story about CPAP machines has been doing the rounds because of Eric Umansky’s experience with the one that reported back how much he was sleeping to some…thing…that decided it wasn’t enough, and therefore remotely bricked his sleep aid so he’d…whatever. But I think trying to force fit this into a mould about…Read More How Not to Join a Coasian Hell: Brexit