Beyond Trump’s ‘deal of the century’.

Trump’s America with its current slogan, 'America First', will surely weaken US interest in the region. The growing tension between Europe and the United States might even lead Europe to an independent policy toward the Middle East.

/ 24th June 2018
American flag with blossom .

Chilcot a year on: UK still America’s poodle.

Clare Short argues that the Chilcot Report will not lead to any substantive changes to government and that the system that allowed Blair to subvert due process and constitutional custom has been left in place.

/ 10th July 2017
Iraq dawn landscape with silhouettes of morning prayer.

The shame of the Iraq War will live with me forever.

I tried to achieve better decisions on Iraq with the partial information available to me in a ministerial environment that was intolerant of calls for caution. I failed and this will live with me for the rest of my life.

/ 9th July 2016
Portrait of Tony Blair looking pensive.

Blair misled the country over Iraq. Something similar could happen again.

The Chilcot Report offers a devasting critique of the events that led to the Iraq War and argues persuasively that without sufficient safeguards, the same could happen again.

/ 7th July 2016
A pile of books.

The Chilcot Report will not give the people what they want.

The aim of the report is to learn lessons from past mistakes, but public expectation will be looking for blame. This clash of expectations may well lead to a sense of disappointment.

/ 5th July 2016
The Syrian flag.

The week that matters most for Syria and the world.

The international community is guilty of a grotesque lack of action and effectiveness on the humanitarian catastrophe currently embroiling Syria. For everyone's sake this must now be brought to an end. This article was written with Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell...

/ 1st February 2016
Close up of Europe on a map.

Europe’s Middle-East Policy should step out from America’s shadow.

The deal to restrict Iran's nuclear capacity may be a turning point in the Middle East, yet it is far from certain that its opportunities will be grasped.

/ 1st October 2015
Red-top header of Sun newspaper

On the end of Page Three. 

Pornography proliferates across our society and distorts young men's view of their sexuality. This is a small but significant victory. Too bad it took thirty years for The Sun to recognise the morally obvious.

/ 20th January 2015
Graffiti in abandoned building.

Benefits Street: a misleading concoction.

Benefits Street offers a misleading and contrived view of my former constituency, inviting viewers to judge and sneer.

/ 23rd February 2014
A single red rose with dew on it.

Labour’s prospects.

Will the recent improvement in the UK's economic prospects reduce Ed Miliband's chances of winning the Labour leadership election?

/ 2nd September 2013
Red spectrum

Radical Ed Miliband.

The current, broken political system prevents a radical social democratic agenda from gaining a foothold. Should Miliband take office he will quickly realise his limitations.

/ 21st August 2013
Palestinian flag.

Waiting for Palestine.

The situation in Palestine is heartbreaking: people suffer evermore, international law is ignored and undermined, Israel's long-term self-interest is damaged, and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy is riddled with muddled thinking.

/ 1st October 2012