Green shoots: Here’s how I know…

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DRIVING KIDS TO SCHOOL — I am like everyone else. I don’t want to claim that good things are happening ahead of smarter people than me. I don’t want to condemn a 10-week positive run of the stock market by saying anything so foolish as:

“Hey, did you see that the global stock markets are way, way up!?”

That would be silly.

But there are things are hard not to get excited about. And some things that bring me great pleasure, even amidst the poor trading conditions and impending disaster of a global pandemic…

For example, you may not know my dad. He’s a retired journalist. He was a foreign correspondent and business editor for 35 years. He was always a gentleman and a reliable friend to have. He now lives in a lovely country house and looks after the local church, uni and summer camp. And he writes a free column the local Sherbrooke Record. Unfortunately it’s not online, or you could see it.

In recent weeks my father’s columns have ranged from the power and importance of bilingualism to the enduring appeal of soccer. All with the optimism and faith in the world, in internationalism, and in people, that I grew up with.

It’s brilliant to see a return to form.

Green shoots. I see them in dad’s writing. Therefore, the world is a more positive and happy place.

/df

P.S. Clearly the FT and the OECD are seeing the same things, they say today.



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