Articles by John Bleasdale

Quarantined in Italy

Giorgia’s dog Charlie won’t stop barking. She puts him on her knee to a chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from her classmates. She holds the…



On Nightmares

The true nature of a nightmare is not that terrible things happen. They do but that isn’t at the core of the nightmarish. It’s that…


The Killing Joke

It makes for some good headlines. It’s April the First and Ukraine has just completed the first round of presidential elections and the winner is…



Italy goes full Italy

On Monday I was in Verona with some Italian colleagues and we were eating lunch in a restaurant. We argued about President Mattarella’s action and…



China, China, China

Between the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress in which General Secretary Xi Jinping effectively gave himself an indefinite mandate as leader and the perfectly choreographed…


The Iceberg and the Swan

Even if you despise President Donald Trump, you can’t deny he’s certainly got our attention. I’d be hard put to name a single Press Secretary who…