Monthly Archives: September 2013


Is life a cabaret? Who knows but there is much singing and dancing in diplomatic circles of late. No sooner do I suggest (in Thief of Damascus) that it is time for a more constructive engagement with Iran to deal … Continue reading

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The Diplomat

Oscar Wilde is reputed to have said: “I can resist everything except temptation”.  I, however, have resisted the temptation to begin this piece with Sir Henry Wooton’s famous quotation about diplomats and instead offer Edmund Burke’s “Nothing is so fatal … Continue reading

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Black Rock

The future’s bright, the future’s Orange – so said the well- known advertising slogan from 1994.  For Poland, nineteen years later, the future’s brown and black. At least that is the view of the Donald Tusk the Polish Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Thief of Damascus

Most folk who think of Hilaire Belloc’s books these days – he was one of the most prolific writers in England in the early part of the last century – probably think of his Cautionary Tales for Children which includes … Continue reading

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