Heffer on the EU: Nostradamus he ain’t

It’s always enjoyable to come across a hysterical prophecy that has been disproved by the passage of time. How much more enjoyable it is when the author is as self-righteous and opinionated as Simon Heffer. The prophecy in question comes from the Daily Mail in 2003. In an article entitled without irony, Europe: Who’s telling […]

Chatham House boss: debate was foreign policy lite

The Economist‘s Europe writer, David Rennie (Charlemagne), has a great round-up of last night’s debate from a foreign-policy perspective. The main theme of it is that foreign policy wasn’t really properly discussed, and that’s hard to argue with. He quotes an email this morning from Robin Niblett, the head of Chatham House (famed foreign policy […]

Was die Mode streng geteilt

With the talk of progressive coalitions in the air, what could be a more appropriate tune to hum than Beethoven’s setting of the Ode to Joy? Deine Zauber binden wieder, was die Mode streng geteilt Your charms will reunite those whom harsh habit has long divided. Doubly so because that tune is the European Anthem, and […]

What will the next Government’s relationship be with the World?

This recovery-time election has focused thus far on building, protecting, sustaining and stability. So what do the three largest parties believe matter when it comes to the somewhat scarier – and bigger – business of globalisation?Global forces were widely blamed for the economic downturn. At the G20 summit last year Gordon Brown called the recession “the first […]