I’ll sell it to Bill Gates or anyone else who can afford it

Liechtenstein has a few problems unique to its circumstances as a 60 square mile microstate. Do you bother with airports in an area one-tenths the size of Greater London? What kind of standing army can you possibly cobble together from a population of barely 40,000, even if you had conscription? And what of monetary policy, … Continue reading I’ll sell it to Bill Gates or anyone else who can afford it

The Wonga Coup

I was turning the pages of the Guardian’s weekend book review supplement, triaging each headline into read, skip or skim. The title “The Invention of Green Colonialism – Putting an end to the myth of the African Eden” was curious – and a mouthful – enough to make the read category. Written by a French … Continue reading The Wonga Coup