The logic of Italy; enter Mario Draghi

Even Salvini won't veto Draghi's invitation by Mattarella to form a technocrat coalition government. It simply makes sense. Italy must present a sensible plan this April regarding the COVID relief fund in order for the Dutch to sign off on such a large amount of money. And who better than Draghi, he probably knows more [...]

Remembering Jim Haynes, and Paris, sadness and other things…

I was sorry to hear of Jim Haynes passing, I wrote about him in my book, 'A European Odyssey'. In the Guardian's obituary they wrote about Jim being a 'leading light in the arts counterculture'. He was instrumental in getting the Edinburgh book festival off the ground. He did many things, he kept busy. I [...]

If you’re a writer you need to read, and if you’re struggling with our new normal; Proust may prove critical.

Not that you need to read all of "In Search of Lost Time", I have tried many times but can't seem to finish, I've only completed the first two volumes. Thankfully, there is time. And Proust is much ado about time and memory. Perceptions and passions, those privileged moments, these little epiphanies... so I find [...]

‘A Couple of Europhiles’ podcast provides a complete breakdown on Covid; by country, and by vaccine

Bailey and Francis cover Covid, including the vaccine wars, and why it's strategically important that each country develop their own. In this episode they cover the recent drama between the EU and the UK and precisely why contracts must be honoured. They discuss EU regulations, lessons learned and vaccine nationalism. And how US investment was [...]

‘A Couple of Europhiles’ provide a Complete breakdown of Covid; by Country and by Vaccine.

Bailey and Francis cover Covid, including the vaccine wars, and why it's strategically important that each country develop their own. In this episode they cover the recent drama between the EU and the UK and precisely why contracts must be honoured. They discuss EU regulations, lessons learned and vaccine nationalism. And how US investment was [...]