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I never got around to it

For a while now I’ve been thinking of drafting a piece on the West’s complicated and contradictory attempts, through the UN and otherwise, to advance the causes of human rights, oppressed minorities and – well, just the world of geo-politics. This is a distinctly fraught area of human [...]

August 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

The children of Israel

Israel is being castigated for the loss of children’s lives, but I came across this on a website. It details the heroic effort of the senior Israeli obstetrician of a  hospital in Ashdod which is bombed on almost a daily basis, saving the lives of Gaza babies. I wonder if Baroness Warsi can [...]

August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Believing in faith

Mid-morning yesterday – as one does – I walked 250 yards down the road outside my flat to my local key-cutting/shoe repair shop in order to get my family’s always keenly-contested golf trophy engraved with my name because I had emerged victorious the last time we played (a fortnight [...]

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just get on with it!

We have now learned that, under the ‘Maxwellisation’ convention in place regarding official inquiries [whereby those whom – it is intended – will be criticised in a forthcoming report are formally advised in writing of the criticisms concerned], former Labour ministers Tony Blair [...]

July 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Inconvenient truths

I’m confused. Are there any absolute facts in this world? Those with religious beliefs appear to think so, though of course it depends somewhat upon which set of religious beliefs they possess because – of the full range – so many of them are incompatible. I refer not just to the differences [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Village of Secrets

Twenty or so years ago I met an interesting New York lawyer in Paris who scarcely conformed with the venal prototype of that profession. He had come to Paris not just to join a European law group, but as part of a charity called Christians who saved Jews. Their  mission was to trace those who [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things make you pause and think

Last night I returned to the UK after an exhausting three-day visit to France and Belgium. I had been overdue a trip to Flanders, but this one was deliberately organised to coincide with, and take in, an annual ceremony at Verrières, about 25 kilometres south-east of Poitiers, celebrating a [...]

July 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fish in a barrel

Our esteemed former prime minister Tony Blair appeared on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday. His purpose seemed to be to claim that ‘the West’ had to act on the threat posed by the growing Isis phenomenon in Iraq. We had brought it all upon ourselves by failing to get rid of Assad in Syria. In [...]

June 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

D Day remembrance

It was a deeply moving experience to follow the proceedings yesterday, especially the humility of the 20 or so veterans. During the boring bits, when the Heads of  State individually took their seats for example, and the commentators had to pad, I found myself reflecting on my own memories. I was [...]

June 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

An historic day

Today a number of commemorative ceremonies will take place in Normandy, the biggest of them attended by tens of world leaders and dignitaries, in honour of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. I have three personal second-hand memories of that fateful invasion to share. Firstly, in the early [...]

June 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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