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January 30, 2015 No Comments

As Churchill’s coffin passed, I cried and tried to hide my tears

I was 15. We had watched his funeral on a grainy black and white TV whose screen was far too small for the 30 or so in my class for all of us to see clearly.

The distorting trumpets. The pomp. The crowds. The trip along the Thames. Even in those bleak televisual conditions it was clearly a great moment in history - the passing of the man we had been taught had been our wartime saviour.


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January 23, 2015 8 Comments

The Saudi king is dead, long live the Saudi king

Many thousands of Saudi men are in the field with Isis. But the Saudi royal family is so dominant that it is unclear who is linked to what when it comes to the export of extremism.

January 21, 2015 11 Comments

No Chilcot report on Iraq: absolutely no surprise

No one knows how to delay an urgent inquiry into serious misjudgments, mistakes, and misdoings, than the British ‘system’.

January 20, 2015 6 Comments

No tears for the passing of the Sun’s page 3 anachronism

There’s no topless page 3 girl in today’s edition of the Sun newspaper – but in the age of the internet, didn’t the feature become obsolete many years ago?

January 19, 2015 7 Comments

Fiddling whilst the Swissie churns

They spend their lives dealing, trading, monitoring and watching. Yet last week, when the Swiss Central Bank detached the Swissie from tracking the Euro, it turns out they knew nothing.

January 12, 2015 11 Comments

Human rights: weapons exports, floggings and extremism

On Friday, as Jewish shoppers were being held or murdered in a Paris Supermarket, Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger, was being lashed fifty times in a public flogging in Saudi Arabia.

January 7, 2015 46 Comments

Charlie Hebdo shooting is a ferociously shocking moment

Even for a hardened news man in a hardened newsroom the mass shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a ferociously shocking moment.

January 5, 2015 28 Comments

Time to end the special UK ‘military relationship’ with America?

For the first time in nearly a decade and a half we are not formally at war – but exactly how many “security” or “military” people we have left behind in Iraq and

December 16, 2014 13 Comments

Time to un-redact the mother of parliaments

The cry is up – if you have a conscience, if you care about your country’s integrity and decency, you guys, start leaking!

November 18, 2014 39 Comments

I’ve worn the same suit for a fortnight – but not deliberately

News that one of my fellow male presenters in Australia managed to wear the same suit for a year without anyone noticing has set me thinking about my own wardrobe.

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