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    Nato is like a loveless marriage
    May26

    Nato is like a loveless marriage

    Nato is not just about defence, any more than capitalism is just about making money. Donald Trump misunderstands both. His ruthless, zero-sum approach to business is mirrored in his foreign-policy stance, which emboldens America’s enemies and dismays its allies. That is the upshot of his first foreign trip as President, in which he cosied...

    Corbyn’s campaign chief is an apologist for tyranny
    May15

    Corbyn’s campaign chief is an apologist for tyranny

    The Conservative election campaign is not being run by a sympathiser with Nazi Germany. The Liberal Democrats apparently aren’t employing the organisational services of a supporter of Mussolini. The Scottish Nationalists haven’t retained any known ally of Pol Pot. It will sound fantastical but Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party falls...

    Corbyn’s sect betray Labour’s proud foreign policy traditions
    May15

    Corbyn’s sect betray Labour’s proud foreign policy traditions

    A noble tradition of liberal internationalism has pumped blood to the heart of the Labour Party since its foundation. It is an essential part of the Labour story. As a biographer of Clement Attlee, I can testify to that skein running through Labour history like an arterial vein. It was the British Labour Party that was most enthused by Woodrow...

    It’s time to tackle pensioner benefits
    May04

    It’s time to tackle pensioner benefits

    The IFS has produced one of its characteristically insightful analyses of the UK’s fiscal situation in the run-up to the General Election. Much of it is familiar territory, covering the large rise in taxes of recent years, taking us to levels seen previously in the late 1980s. It also notes the work still to do in eliminating the deficit....

    Can Merkel and Trump work together?
    Mar16

    Can Merkel and Trump work together?

    Stormy weather has shifted Angela Merkel’s trip to see the US President to tomorrow; it provides the perfect metaphor for German-US relations. There are several contentious foreign policy issues, some of which have gone off the boil for now, but there is no question that when it comes to trade and commerce in particular, and the EU in...

    Russia wrote the book on fake news
    Feb24

    Russia wrote the book on fake news

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has just announced plans to launch a website dedicated to tackling fake news. It’s a noble objective but also a little ironic given Russia’s flagrant display this week of “hybrid warfare” – straightforward propaganda, that is, backed up with black ops and subterfuge. As an optimist on Russia, it...

    The White House is at war with itself over foreign policy
    Feb20

    The White House is at war with itself over foreign policy

    We are one month in to Donald Trump’s presidency. From the extraordinary use of his Mar-a-Lago clubhouse as an open-air situation room, to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s unprecedented sacking, to the President’s Lear-worthy performance at an impromptu press conference, this administration is demonstrating an...

    Should Britain set sail for an EFTA trade deal?
    Feb17

    Should Britain set sail for an EFTA trade deal?

    As the United Kingdom moves to formally separate itself from the European Union, Brexit supporters and detractors alike have recognised the right to negotiate trade agreements with the rest of the world as one of the major dividends of the process. Britain now has a number of tracks it needs to progress on – what it can do unilaterally,...

    Tony Blair’s denial won’t change the referendum result
    Feb17

    Tony Blair’s denial won’t change the referendum result

    It must have been a slow news day. Personally, though I’m not saying the stuff about woolly mammoths being resurrected within two years was the coolest thing ever, I do think it was in the top one. I’d have been happy with wall-to-wall news on that this morning. Instead, we had live coverage of a speech by some bloke called Blair,...

    Has BT got too big for its boots?
    Feb17

    Has BT got too big for its boots?

    This is a vitally important year for the UK’s mobile phone industry. Ofcom will be auctioning off a new allocation of spectrum that will be used by mobile phone companies to offer additional internet services to customers. The first auction will supplement the current ability of mobile providers to offer 4G internet services, while another...

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