USA Tariff-Lined Self-Made Box Canyon

CNN says many US Senators are upset about yesterday’s White House announcement of new import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. For the most part, the Senators worry about other countries raising retaliatory tariffs. Although GOP Senators claim tariffs are a Democratic...
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Strategy versus Tactics

This week the UK celebrated the 100th anniversary of the day when some women got the right to vote. Discussion about the difference between suffragists and suffragettes got plenty of airtime. I heard nothing about why the movement needed, at a strategic level, both approaches....
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Set Procedures As If For Cows

Some problems in the world of work are so pervasive that they turn up in conversation everywhere. In the UK, a personal aggravation of mine has become a widespread topic. I hear about it from executives, managers and the rank and file in business, from...
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Election Spillover

Although I’m not politically active any more, I used to be and some of my friends still are—legislators, a mayor, campaign manager… People whose involvement in their government is limited to casting votes once in a while often look down on politicians and seem to...
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Best Value as Doublespeak

More often than I can count, I hear the phrase best value for money brought up. It is rarely used to mean what it is supposed to mean. In a civilized world, partners do not cannibalize each other. They collaborate with each other, and each is boosted when the other thrives, and there is no room for Doublespeak use of the phrase best value.
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Behind the British Steel Industry News

Discussion on the airwaves has focused heavily on the loss of jobs and impact on the national economy if the UK's steelmaking industry disappears. While those are newsworthy effects, there is another factor to consider – the many uses of steel in the UK that are essential to infrastructure and/or national security and that require sophisticated high grade steel products.
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