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Maybe Minister

The row between British Home Secretary Pritti Patel and her until recently Permanent  Under Secretary of State Sir Phillip Putnam is part of a disturbing trend…


Viral Conspiracy

Every week I do a programme for American radio. It is an hour-long midweek discussion of world affairs. The other half of the discussion is…


Idlib – Horror and Indifference

Those of us deeply involved in Syrian humanitarian support are swimming against a tide of indifference even as the most horrendous atrocities are happening in…



Stuck In a Car

I have just spent two days in a cramped Vauxhall Astra chauffeuring my brother, his wife, her sister and her brother-in-law. It was an interesting…


Ireland and Brexit – Now What?

Ireland, we were told by Boris Johnson and his coterie of Leave campaigners, was not a problem. It was a non-issue dreamt up by the…


Goodbye Democracy?

It has become a political fact of life that democracy on both sides of the Atlantic is under severe threat. The latest proof of this…



Blame Newt

The blame for today’s polarised world is most often laid at the door of President Trump. He is credited with climbing to power on the…