Cogito ergo sum

Arguably, the greatest contribution to society of a liberal education is perspective. 'Dah da dah da dah. DISCUSS' was the way it went when I was at school, as opposed to the 'A, B, C, D, E. Tick one' of the modern era. Today, July 14, is only significant to the vast majority of the…

The Battle Of The BEPS

A hundred years after the countries of Europe drew their battle lines in France and promptly got stuck in the mud, the Paris-based OECD looks like it is facing a long period of trench warfare. Originally predicted to be half-finished by Christmas, the BEPS plan - if it is to be instituted at all - will almost…

Go ahead punk, make my day

"This tape will self-destruct in five seconds." In the 1960s, while the mission may have been impossible, information protection was very possible. Burned, swallowed or - until a bunch of  bored  students  were looking for something to do at the US Embassy in Teheran - shredded, there was no difficulty eradicating the evidence from the face of the earth.…

The life and times of Prince George

The late editor of Punch, Alan Coren, informed a friend after his first golf lesson that it was " a hideous, hideous game and, as for the bunkers, it was no wonder that Hitler died in one." Following the communique at the end of the G20 meeting in Russia last week, it remains to be seen…