Careful of Bad Habits, Hamlet-lite, Olivier, Sellers
What I’m listening to.
It’s fair to say: deficits can be habit forming.
You have to be in your sixties to remember the last time a federal finance minister took the books out of balance even though there was no recession. So maybe there are only a few old codgers left who await today’s Edgar Benson budget in quiet dread.
(ed’s note: Restore the GST to 7%.)
Will today be the peak of the Liberal government’s popularity? Buy low, sell high.
The Liberal success is the opposition’s failure. The opposition has not had a really good week since the election. Rona Ambrose and Thomas Mulcair might as well be firing blanks at the Liberals.
Quote -- “Since the election the Liberals have systematically reversed previous Conservative policies — including many signature ones .... return of the long-form census; the plan to hold an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women; the end of court proceedings to overturn on bail; federal support for safe-injection sites, and the decision to restore the eligibility threshold for the Old Age Security pension from 67 to 65. The list also includes an extended pipeline approval process; the accelerated resettlement of thousands more civilian refugees fleeing war-torn Syria than planned by the Conservatives; a pro-carbon-pricing federal-provincial push, and the end of Canada’s bombing missions on ISIS in the Middle East.
(ed’s note -- A lot of this was low hanging fruit, the core reason is tone particularly with Trump screaming in the background. Trudeau and his family reflects the country’s image of itself doubling down with a Cabinet that looks and sounds like a ride on an airplane or bus.)
Shall we mull on tragic flaws? Taking the Prince around the world.
Minutes before the curtain was set to rise on a production of “Hamlet” at the Salesian Theater here, two buses carrying around 25 refugees pulled up in front of the century-old building. The migrants, mostly young men from Africa in hoodies and baggy jeans, hustled into the theater and took their seats to curious stares from some of the older Maltese members of the audience.
Shakespeare in Africa.
All the world was his stage.
Review of Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet. By Edward Wilson-Lee. William Collins; 288 pages; £20. To be published in America by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in September; $26.
ACCORDING to the diaries of Captain William Keeling of the East India Company, in 1607 “Hamlet” was performed on his ship Dragon off the coast of Sierra Leone.
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