My sources in the Kremlin have slipped me what appears to be a true copy of the English translation of the draft of the speech Vladimir Putin might give at the forthcoming commemoration parade in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the ‘Great Patriotic War’Read More
Author Archives: Charles Crawford
You don’t need to go far these days to find angry exchanges about “greed”. The UK general election will see wild rhetoric about the Politics of Greed. But who in fact is greedy?
So take out the generalised human instincts about the greed of men/women/children, and it turns out that Greedy Workers are the clear winners, well ahead of another notable category, Greedy Owners.Read More »
Actor Michael Sheen makes a ‘blistering’ speech about the UK National Health Service. Hurrah! If only our milksop politicians would have a bit of that passion and sincerity!
Or not.Read More »
The planet gawps at the spectacle of US Secretary of State John Kerry descending on hapless French President Hollande (who has enough to worry about these days without weird foreigners embarrassing him in public) and hug-kissing him in no little profusion.
As if this were not enough, John Kerry brought with him to Paris James Taylor to play “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. But this highest-profile gesture of American solidarité after the Paris terrorist attacks was bungled: the organisers made the rookie error of not checking and re-checking before the performance started that the practical sound arrangements were working. Watch the whole ghastly spectacle unfold here. Poor James Taylor is perched high on a stool but hunched awkwardly over a useless microphone so that you can’t see his face. John Kerry stands there in ill-suppressed tension. As diplomatic self-mutilations go, this is right up there.Read More »
Why, do leaders or generally important people have speechwriters at all? And why might foreign leaders engage experts not from their own country? Self-indulgence, or a good investment?Read More »
If they succeed in breaking the back of the communist system, how might a new democratically elected government start to put things right?Read More »
On 4 December Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his ‘state of the nation’ address to the Federal Assembly and an audience of over 1000 people. So, how was it as a speech?Read More »