In October 2011, I took part in a university debate in support of the motion ‘This house has no confidence in Her Majesty’s government’. The speakers ranged from cabinet ministers to lowly students.
Our opponents were united. Labour caused the crash and piled up the debt. The coalition government is fixing that mess in the […]
If we’re not sending troops or giving aid, we sometimes find it hard to think about bilateral foreign policy. So how about this for a game: which domestic policy issue represents each country? This is not a question of which domestic policy issue is most salient in each bilateral relationship. If that were the question, […]
In 1938 Neville Chamberlain spoke of the conflict in central Europe as being in ‘a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.’ In Influencing Tomorrow, Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns show just how far foreign policy has come in the last 75 years. Never again can we dismiss issues beyond our borders as […]
A shorter version of this review first appeared in the July edition of Progress magazine.
This is not a book about China. As Byrne admits in the conclusion to ‘Turning to Face the East’, “it’s actually a book about Britain written by a politician who has spent most of his career in business.” The […]
“Shu Wen stopped talking, but I couldn’t stop thinking. About her transformation from a twenty-six-year-old Chinese woman to an elderly Tibetan Buddhist. About the relationship between nature and religion. About space and silence. About how much she has lost, and how much she had gained. About her will, her strength and her love.”
The chair was swiftly rendered superfluous. Dr Giles Fraser was in the driving seat. With an intellectual tenacity honed during many anOxfordtutorial, Dr Fraser backed Andrew Carey into a corner. Like a student presenting a slightly rushed, indefensibly conservative essay, Carey was made to defend every statement. He was up to the task stating, “I […]
The pounding bass from the mainstage vibrated through the tent. Intruding on Clean Break’s performance of Dream Pill and yet, somehow, adding to it. The relentless, oppressive, rhythmic drone created a claustrophobic atmosphere under the spacious canopy.
Since it’s foundation by two women prisoners in 1979, Clean Break has been using theatre to change […]
Peter Tatchell has been honing his pitch for the best part of forty years. It shows. His romp through the history of equal rights campaigning and the relevant legislation flowed as freely as the rain. The talk and the questions that followed served essentially as an opportunity for myth-busting. The 1949 Marriage Act did not […]
Wikileaks? Check. Arab Spring? Check. Obama? Check. In less than ten minutes, Hannah Lownsbrough had hit all the necessary buzzwords for a generic talk about the internet and politics. Yet there were also hints of the depth and insight that were to come. For instance, she talked in more depth about the Trafigura gagging order […]
OperaUpClose started life in The Cock Tavern, London; an intimate venue of only 56 seats. As their award winning production of La Bohème transferred to the large grandstand venue, Centaur, the change in size was apparent. The singers battled against an overzealous sound engineer and an acoustic that lacked any warmth or intimacy.
The production […]
“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” Spike Milligan
“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” Thomas Jefferson
RT @andrew_harrop Scary fact for the 2017-version Labour Party: 62 out of the 64 seats it needs to win a majority have an above average number of older voters
RT @jlsinc I see Corbyn's keeping himself busy, unlike last year when HE WENT ON HOLIDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BREXIT CAMPAIGN.
But it won't last... twitter.com/progressonline…