Ken's Blue Blog
Musings on "the bleedin' obvious"; views on the meaning of life, or anything else that takes my fancy.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Good Cop - Bad Cop

The good cop, bad cop routine can be effective in persuading people to do what you want. However, it is not so effective if you try bad cop, bad cop or bad cop, idiot cop!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grand Old Duke of York Posturing In/Around North Korea

At some stage the posturing by various parties in and around North Korea will reach the Grand Old Duke of York phase, wherein "assets" will have to be "marched down" again.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Advice To Presidents

It's not the first 100 days that are important, but the state the you leave the country in when you leave office!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Signals As a Form of Diplomacy

Signals can be a very effective tool within the diplomatic bag. However, it is wise to remember two things:

1 The recipient may misinterpret or over react to the signals, and

2 The signaller must be careful not to box himself in, in the event the recipient ignores the signals.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Doubling Down

Doubling down only works if you have greater resources (health, arms, time and money) than the "house" against which you are doubling down.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Bluffs in poker are not terribly effective, and indeed are counter-productive, if they are outed before the final hand!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


You know that diplomacy has hit rock bottom, when phrases such as "don't mess with us" are used.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gunboat Diplomacy

Gunboat diplomacy is only really effective if your gunboat actually turns up in the area you wish to pressurise!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Beware small countries run by small men who value face more than their lives.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Dangers of Misspeaking

At times of international crisis a few miss-chosen words, or no words at all, can lead to catastrophe.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Experts Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Self appointed "experts" and talking heads are invariably wrong at predicting the timing of certain events.

For why?

Because they open their mouths in public, thereby giving those who are in charge of certain events the opportunity and motivation to wrong foot them!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Yeehaw As A Tool of Diplomacy

It appears that shouting Yeehaw with guns blazing is now the main tool of international diplomacy.