Valete -- Those we lost in 2013

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Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Seamas Heaney, Hugo Chavez, David Frost and James Gandolfini probably had the most obituaries this year. Here’s my own goodbye list:   Richard Beeston – Foreign Editor of the London Times and the great foreign correspondent of his generation. Rick was only 50. Roger Ebert – A great film critic, the first [Read more…]

A Stumble by the MOD Squad

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It is probably a good thing that the UK government’s plans to privatize defence procurement (part of what is euphemistically called the “Defence Reform Bill”) have been dropped, at least for now.  The idea had been to replace the Defence Equipment and Support Agency with a “government owned, contractor-operated” body. There is no question that the [Read more…]