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Dispatches from the corridors of British power

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Occupy St Pauls Cathedral!

about 3 years ago

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 truth, there just isn’t the room outside the Bank of England, or the ‘Old Lady of ...

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Euro Zone Crisis Sets Off Referendum Demand

about 3 years ago

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 Union came about because a petition of over one hundred thousand electors demanding ...

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Europe in Crisis: Hear the Silence

about 3 years ago

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 complacent remarks on his country’s dire economic situation turned into tabloid-ese in ...

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A Man With A Mission: Ban Speaks To The World

about 3 years ago

Sir Brian Urquhart, one of the oldest surviving senior UN staff members, reminded us recently in an article in the New York Times that a former Secretary General of the UN, Dag Hammarskjold, had once said; “The United Nations was not created to bring us heaven, but to save us from hell”. Those wise ...

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Why 9/11 Was No Pearl Harbor

about 3 years ago

New York, or rather Manhattan, has been part and parcel of my life for over a decade. It is stimulating, sophisticated, and a city where truly anything is possible. But it is also in parts a curious mixture of first and third Worlds, for this has historically been a city where waves of immigrants ...

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Lessons From The Arab Spring

about 3 years ago

As soon as commentators began to refer to the popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East as the ‘Arab Spring’, I began to worry that the near universal optimism that had accompanied the revolts might be misplaced. Remember the Prague Spring? In 1968, Alexander Dubcek’s attempt to ...

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Europe Moves Towards Unitary Statehood

about 3 years ago

The economic crisis is proving useful for those who want to see the European Union make the final and logical leap to becoming a unitary state, with a single currency and a single government. That is what some of the Euro-sceptics of Left and Right have been saying, but because they have been ...

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A Victory for the Libyan people - and the UN

over 3 years ago

We live in the age of instant punditry, and I am as guilty of it as anyone else. On the basis of having reported from inside Libya three or four times from the early 1990s onwards, some UK media stations have had me on as a commentator. But what can I draw upon, other than some prior knowledge of ...