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Willy Brandt – we need politicians like him again

I went recently to Berlin and visited the Willy Brandt exhibition on Unter den Linden.  It reminds you of the times when there were inspiring political leaders.  As a young man from a poor background he opposed the Nazis and...

/ 13th March 2019

Brexit – progress?

Mrs May wins the title for blinkered stubbornness, some call it guts and determination.  From the start she drew hard red lines to please the extreme Brexiteers in her party.  They are strong and determined but a minority.  Their inspiration...

/ 13th March 2019

Briefly Brexit

The muddle and mess over how to handle Brexit has damaged the reputation of both parties and of politicians in general.  The fundamental lesson is surely that very complex questions cannot be properly answered by referendum; and that to give...

/ 24th February 2019
Orthodox Cathedral, Russia

Visit to Russia: notes from my travels

Clare offers an account of what she learned about Russian history, culture and politics on her recent visit to the Federation.

/ 14th October 2018
Aerial view of Tunis, Tunisia

Cities Alliance visit to Tunisia.

Clare describes her recent trip to Tunisia on behalf of the Cities Alliance.

/ 3rd October 2018

Clare’s book banned from the Guantanamo Bay detainee library.

Clare is very honoured to learn that her 2004 book An Honourable Deception? New Labour, Iraq, and the Misuse of Power is on the list of proscribed publications in the Guantanamo Bay detainees library. 

/ 28th August 2018

Clare signs letter condemning far-right violence against trade unionists at recent protest.

During a Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) march on Saturday 14 July 2018 organised by the trade unions RMT and Unite, several protestors were attacked by supporters of far-right extremist groups. The protest had been organised as a counter-protest to...

/ 26th July 2018

Israeli racism.

Clare highlights a recent article detailing the alarming rise of racism and intolerance in Israel's foreign policy.

/ 6th June 2018
Great Wall of China

The US and China: the dangers.

Here is an excellent article by Chas Freeman who is a former US diplomat of wide experience and wisdom.  It is well worth a read.

/ 24th February 2018
A receipt from Oxfam

Oxfam scandal.

The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee report of July 1 2016 quotes the estimate that around 11% of British men aged 16 -74 have paid for sex on at least one occasion.  Of course it is more shocking...

/ 18th February 2018
Old Votes for Women poster.

The Suffragettes.

The women's suffrage movement was not a question of women against men but rather of privileged men against all women and men without property.

/ 18th February 2018
An RAF C-17 aircaft in Kathmundu Nepal on the 29 April 2015 delivering vital UK Aid.

Reflections on aid fifteen years later.

A real commitment to development means working to transform the world into a more equitable and sustainable place.  This is necessarily a pressure to change policies and will clash with old government assumptions about foreign policy and trade.

/ 5th February 2018