John Barritt http://www.royalgazette.com John Barritt en-us Why nations fail and succeed You thought maybe I might touch on Scotland this week, right? Wrong. Try Botswana. Yes, Botswana, Mr Editor, and if space permits I think I can bring it back to what happened in Scotland. Stay with me now. I have just finished reading a fascinating book, Why Nations Fail, the product of 15 years of painstaking research, co-authored by. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140926/COLUMN01/140929825&source=RSS Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:05:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140926/COLUMN01/140929825&source=RSS You thought maybe I might touch on Scotland this week, right? Wrong. Try Botswana. Yes, Botswana, Mr Editor, and if space permits I think I can bring it back to what happened in Scotland. Stay with me now. I have just finished reading a fascinating book, Why Nations Fail, the product of 15 years of painstaking research, co-authored by. .. Politics, lies and ice cream Speaking is relatively easy. The thinking bit is harder. So always be sure the brain is in gear before putting the jaw in motion I have never forgotten that admonition. The same is true for writing, dont you think, Mr Editor? Well, we try. So when readers write it gets even better right on, readers, even when, no especially when, you think. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140919/COLUMN01/140919649&source=RSS Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:13:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140919/COLUMN01/140919649&source=RSS Speaking is relatively easy. The thinking bit is harder. So always be sure the brain is in gear before putting the jaw in motion I have never forgotten that admonition. The same is true for writing, dont you think, Mr Editor? Well, we try. So when readers write it gets even better right on, readers, even when, no especially when, you think. .. Something that is needed Functional unity is a beautiful thing, I reckon Mr Editor. But like beauty, functionality is in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps when it comes to politics in the eyes of the beholden. Of course, we would all like to see a little more functional unity among all of those who constitute our parliamentary functionaries, known collectively the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140912/COLUMN01/140919901&source=RSS Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:40:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140912/COLUMN01/140919901&source=RSS Functional unity is a beautiful thing, I reckon Mr Editor. But like beauty, functionality is in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps when it comes to politics in the eyes of the beholden. Of course, we would all like to see a little more functional unity among all of those who constitute our parliamentary functionaries, known collectively the. .. Plain old grit for the mill Position is the art of gunnery, Mr Editor, or words to that effect. A former comrade in arms, politically speaking of course, not literally please, used to remind us of this at critical junctures in caucus discussions on issues of the day. I think we all understood what he meant. Strategy is important in politics. Timing isnt everything. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140905/COLUMN01/140909874&source=RSS Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:20:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140905/COLUMN01/140909874&source=RSS Position is the art of gunnery, Mr Editor, or words to that effect. A former comrade in arms, politically speaking of course, not literally please, used to remind us of this at critical junctures in caucus discussions on issues of the day. I think we all understood what he meant. Strategy is important in politics. Timing isnt everything. ..