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November 24, 2015 7 Comments

Bangladesh poised between agony and ecstasy: the choice depends on us!

It beggars belief: a country the size of England and Wales somehow containing and supporting 160 million souls – 10 million more of them, guest workers beyond these shores.


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November 15, 2015 4 Comments

My visit to the death scene at the Bataclan

The evidence of Friday night’s horror is still plain to see at the back door of the Bataclan concert hall. For local residents, the Paris terror attacks left psychological scars too.

November 14, 2015 40 Comments

Paris attacks: Middle East’s wars arrive in Europe

We have arrived at a crossroads. Few can have believed that the bloody killings of Charlie Hebdo’s staff would be the end of it.

October 29, 2015 7 Comments

Chilcot Inquiry: a very British farce

Who amongst us will ever read all two million words of Chilcot’s collected prose? And even if we do, will guilt, innocence, madness, patriotism, or anything else be clear enough for anyone to

September 21, 2015 7 Comments

Osborne in China: what will the UK do to get business there?

The exhibition by the great Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy is remarkable and dominated by the pressure and suffering the Chinese authorities have subjected him.

September 12, 2015 29 Comments

The Corbyn factor: shocking the political system through sheer normality

A sense of political intoxication: the enthusiasm, the detail, the debate, and the understanding of the issues was unlike anything I had experienced.

September 6, 2015 16 Comments

The day Britain took in 27,000 refugees

Over 40 years ago, Britain took a refugee crisis in its stride. We are confronted with an even greater need today.

August 28, 2015 22 Comments

New peers: time for a constitutional commission

Bloated and undemocratic, the current House of Lords is a nonsense. It’s time for a re-think.

August 26, 2015 23 Comments

Does Corbyn’s run indicate that alienation rules?

There is a genuine sense that some of those supporting Jeremy Corbyn are invigorated by the sense of a genuine alternative to the broad consensus among the major parties.

August 21, 2015 11 Comments

Greece’s debts: no separation of church and state

I am amazed to find that a previous regime here decided to enrol every single priest as a civil servant and pay them as such – together with their pensions.

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