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We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.
In fact we were waiting for the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond to enter to give his first news conference since the defeat of the yes campaign in the Scottish referendum.
Constitutional reform proposals are flooding out of No. 10 (without much consultation it seems) in the wake of the Scottish referendum. So is now the time for much needed House of Lords reform?
The referendum campaign has been an intoxicating democratic exercise in democracy. It represented something of a revolt against the Westminster elite.
A simple majority in this referendum will decide whether Britain breaks up or not – and our legislature will have had no say whatever in what could be a major constitutional change.
It was the mid-1970s. In my taxi, alongside Ian Paisley, I’d got a clean sweep of some of Northern Ireland’s most hostile political rivals.
Have we learned from 9/11? From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region for over three decades, my fear is that we have not.
Iran’s Chief Negotiator Abbas Araghchi tells me that there is a genuine negotiating bond of respect with the United States, but the negotiations are hard.
Amid the rise of and widespread exhibition of the vile inhumanity of the Islamic State, has been the tender opening of dialogue between two vast regional enemies – Iran and Saudi Arabia.
My grandfather was a heroic figure who understood his own shortcomings, but was candid too about the terrible failures of those directing the war from Whitehall.
My grandfather, a WWI officer, led the retreat from Mons in 1914. 100 years on, my work as a journalist has left me with a vivid picture of the grave suffering that war brings.