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A lesson from the Capitol

A lesson from the Capitol

My previous blog, about being a British European, led to an extended conversation on Twitter about my contention that the European Union has made a major contribution to peace in Europe since 1945. I welcome the challenge, because it made me explore even more deeply my thinking on the subject. My Twitter correspondent couldn’t see [...]

Keep the blue flag flying here

Keep the blue flag flying here

Brexit is done. Its implications, beyond those impacts we already understand, will now unfold before us.  The Government and the Leave media are triumphant, and Remainers are taking to social media to rebrand themselves as ‘Rejoiners’. One side thinks the issue of Europe settled; the other thinks not. A country as divided as ever it [...]

The cow on the line

The cow on the line

A very long time ago, I used to commute into London from a long way out. Sometimes at the end of the working day, I’d find all the trains back home severely delayed or cancelled. Usually, there was little or no information about what was going on, and I would stand there feeling stressed, powerless [...]

Red Rag to a Bully

Red Rag to a Bully

We’ve all read about Sir Alex Allan’s recent report concerning whether the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, broke the Ministerial Code. It centres on allegations of bullying, and ironically the story broke during Anti-Bullying Week.  I don’t want to get into the specifics of the Patel case here, but I do want to say a few [...]

Great again?

Great again?

My apologies, but I couldn't resist adding something to the wall-to-wall coverage of the US Presidential Election that we've all been immersed in over recent days. My question, in the wake of the election outcome, is: what significance does ‘Make America Great Again’ have in the foreign policy context? ‘MAGA’ is a term to which [...]