Articles by John Bleasdale

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…



Ciao, Brexit

With Theresa May due to deliver a significant Brexit statement in Florence on the 22 September, John Bleasdale looks at Britain’s decision to leave the…


Dunkirk’s Done

The cover of this week’s Private Eye shows a shot from Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk. The shot is of a jetty crowded with British soldiers…


In Paris

Coming into Paris by coach from Beauvais airport, there’s a stretch of road which backs onto a kind of shantytown. Temporary shed-sized structures form a…