Monday, September 06, 2004

The Rat Leaves the Sinking Shit

I'm reading a book on game theory at the moment, showing how the mathematical modelling of strategic behaviour can explain states' behaviour in adopting and implementing environmental treaties, as I've written about below at length here and here.

One of the most common illustrations in game theory is the famous Prisoners' Dilemma showing how lack of trust among two actors causes them to choose the worse outcome available to them because each fears that the other player will not co-operate in the common interest.

Political science graduate Richard Perle probably knows the story and now he's starting to act it out, frantically trying to put distance between himself and Conrad Black.

Today's NY Times has the story:
From his vacation home in southern France late Friday, issuing the outlines of his legal defense for the first time, Mr. Perle said that he was misled. "The special committee has concluded that Lord Black and other [associates] misled the directors of Hollinger, including me, concerning the scope of their compensation, the payment of noncompete payments and the related-party nature of several transactions," Mr. Perle said..."I did not participate in or profit in any way from the management agreements, related-party transactions or noncompete payments at issue," the Perle statement added.
Maybe florescent orange will be THE colour for Richard this winter.

Perle: "They went that way"