King Arthur and the crafty monks of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey perpetuated the King Arthur legend to find the money to rebuild their abbey which burnt-down in 1184

King Arthur and the crafty monks of GlastonburyDownload this column on King Arthur and Things To Do in England Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, Ont. Dec 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A recent news story about archaeological findings at the site of England’s Glastonbury Abbey made me think of the long-dead Hollywood actor Robert Taylor. Let me explain. I was a month short…

Politics, prime ministers and pariahs

Betraying the electorate triggers powerful negative emotions

Politics, prime ministers and pariahsDownload this column for your publication or website TORONTO, ON, May 20, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Sorting through the post-mortems on the recent U.K. election, I came across an interesting Sunday Times piece from the English novelist/journalist Robert Harris. In it, he made reference to the pariah status of two former British prime ministers –…

Two election upsets loaded with lessons

What columnist Pat Murphy learned from the PC defeat in Alberta and the Conservative victory in Britain

Two election upsets loaded with lessonsTo download Two election upsets loaded with lessons for your publication or website click here TORONTO, May 14, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Political aficionados certainly had a double helping of drama last week. In Alberta, the NDP’s upending of the long-running Progressive Conservative dynasty wasn’t on anyone’s radar. And in the U.K., everybody anticipated a…

UK election is shaping up as a cliff-hanger

With the clock ticking down towards this year’s May 7 ballot, the indications suggest another indecisive result

UK election is shaping up as a cliff-hangerUK election is shaping up as a cliff-hanger INCLUDED in our Unlimited Access subscription TORONTO, ON, Apr 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - To understand what’s happened to UK politics over the last half-century, consider these data points. In 1964, the combined vote of the two biggest parties – Conservatives and Labour – was almost 88 per…

If Bobby Kennedy had been more like Margaret Thatcher

History may have played out differently if Kennedy had shown Thatcher’s political courage

If Bobby Kennedy had been more like Margaret ThatcherPurchase If Bobby Kennedy had been more like Margaret Thatcher TORONTO, ON, Feb 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In politics, as in life, sometimes it’s necessary to throw caution to the wind, damn the torpedoes and just go for it. Indeed, as Margaret Thatcher demonstrated 40 years ago, fortune can be induced to smile on…
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