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Dispatches from the corridors of British power

  • Europe's Fear of the UnKnown

    As paralysis continues to grip the corridors of power in Brussels and Berlin, even the dark humour for which central Europeans are noted is in short supply. But at least, so the line goes, the Greeks managed "to...

  • Survival pushes ideology aside in this euro-zone crisis

    However hard most political leaders try, almost whatever they do in an attempt to look fashionable and plugged into the real lives of voters, it never seems to quite work. Whether it's stage-managed pictures of...

  • Britain: Inching towards a referendum on Europe

    A quiet suburban street set in the leafy suburbs of Cheadle, Manchester, Northern England on Monday, witnessed a coming together of a former Leader of Manchester City Council, Labour MP Graham Stringer and a local...

  • When Justice falls victim to ‘National Security’

    As his ear continues to be bent by assorted British Government officials, spooks and former Ministers determined that he introduce further restrictions over disclosure of information in ‘sensitive’ court cases...

  • It Could Happen Here: Beware of Hackers Like Rebekah Brooks

    I hope that the US authorities are keeping a close eye on proceedings in little old London town involving Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and that of one of his former closest colleagues, the editor of the now...

  • What Labour's Gains Mean

    In Britain, the main Opposition Labour Party  leader, Ed Miliband was pleased at his party’s strong progress in the mid term council elections in England – and especially Wales. Gaining well in excess of 800...

  • History is Made in Burma

    United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki moon, was this week in Myanmar, or Burma as Western and some domestic opponents continue to call the country. It is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last, yet...

  • Iceland Recovers But Offers Little Hope To Greece

    Iceland, a small, rocky outpost in the North Atlantic and home to just over 318,000 people is not a country that easily makes international headlines. But back in the 1970s, Iceland was a staple feature of the...

  • UK Prime Minister, David Cameron forgets his new 'best friend'

    Eighteen months ago, I interviewed President Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives first ever democratically elected leader, for al Jazeera TV in the capital, Male. Then, as now, this small Indian Ocean island nation,...

  • Democracy Crushed; Elected President Arrested; World Wrings its Hands

    Bernard Savage, Head of the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said: “At this stage, given our information, we would not say that there has been any legal infringement of constitutional forms. We are not...

  • What is a Newt?

      In all of the hyperbole surrounding Newt Gingrich's storming victory over Mitt Romney in South Carolina, little or no attention has so far been given to the slippery amphibian that bares the same name as the...

  • Maldives: A Moderate Islamic State or a Taliban State?

    The dramatic decision by the Maldives Government to close down tourist hotel health spas – following recent noisy protests that claimed they were ‘un Islamic’ - provoked fairly predictable headlines in some of the...

  • Crisis Averted. World Slumbers

    It was an innocuous enough statement. The fact that it referred to an event that had occurred while much of the World – and particularly the Western media – was on holiday, explains why it received such little...

  • North Korea, More Isolated Than Ever

    News of the demise of Kim Jong Il, leader of the ‘hermit kingdom’, or the World’s last Stalinist State, North Korea, shouldn’t have come as a surprise; after all, he had been quite ill for some time. But his death...

  • The Iranian Spark That Could Start a War

    A former British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, once warned that sudden squalls could blow into major storms and often from unexpected places. Not very long afterwards, the Argentinians began to make bellicose...

  • Speaking Truth to Cameron on the Eurozone Crisis

    Much of the traditional British media seems to be wilfully missing the political story that lies behind the attempts to save the Eurozone from itself. The Right wing media is banging a Eurosceptic drum, replete...

  • Occupy St Pauls Cathedral!

    Occupy St Paul’s! This isn’t the slogan of those who have followed in the wake of the Wall Street protestors, but London’s eponymous cathedral is now surrounded by a tent city of anti capitalist protestors. In...

  • Euro Zone Crisis Sets Off Referendum Demand

    Before history is quickly re-written and the essentials forgotten, the vote that took on Monday night in the House of Commons on whether British voters should be allowed a referendum on membership of the European...

  • Inside Libya and other tales

      More form Mark Seddon's new book; 'Standing for Something - Life in the Awkward Squad', published this week, is available by buying the book ...

  • Europe in Crisis: Hear the Silence

    A former British Prime Minister, James Callaghan will forever be remembered for the words ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ eventhough he never actually said them. Callaghan had the misfortune of having his ever so slightly...

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