Articles by Tom Arms

British Constitutional Crossroad

It has become a current cliché that the British constitution is at a crossroads verging on crisis. The catalyst is Brexit. But the blind do…


Bunkum History

History does NOT repeat itself. But that does not mean that there are no parallels between the past, the present and future or that we…


The Nuclear Train

Remember decoupling? It was a common phrase during the Cold War (or should I say first Cold War?). The railway metaphor was used to describe…


China, Hong Kong and Confucius

We are all the prisoners of history. Our present and much of our future is determined by the sum of our past experiences, both individually…


Kashmiri Powder Keg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should consider the age-old truism “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Actually, to say that Kashmir isn’t broke would…


Ignoring History

The United States has for centuries been a confusing contradiction of freedom and liberty versus race and immigration discrimination. On the one hand, its Declaration…


The Special Relationship

One of my barometers for the health of the Special Relationship is a weekly broadcast I do for American talk stations. The host is Trumptonian…



Three Cheers for Slovakia

Three cheers for the voters of Slovakia. And a 21-gun salute for Zuzana Caputova, the new Slovak president and heroine of Western liberalism (or is…


Frightened of Fear

The Beatles sang: “All you need is love”, and young girls delicately placed flowers in the barrels of the guns of National Guardsmen. For a…