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Euro Elections – analysis of all polling

The Ft analysis of all polling on the Euro elections says Tory vote will collapse to Farage ( half of those who voted Tory in 2017  will vote for Farage. 1 in 8 will support a remain party) leaving the...

/ 10th May 2019

After the local elections – second referendum still possible

The country is certainly fed up with its politicians.  The local elections were a massive reprimand to the Tories and bad for Labour.  And yet the two parties are still talking to try to agree a deal to get Brexit...

/ 7th May 2019

Brexit – not as bad as it looks.

The general commentary on the House of Commons votes yesterday is that they said no to everything.  But that is not quite the reality. 

/ 28th March 2019

Willy Brandt – we need politicians like him again

Willy Brandt's career reminds us of times when there were inspiring political leaders.

/ 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.

/ 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