Category: Global Politics

Whither UK Democracy Post Trump?

Paul Ryder

The Donald Trump Presidency, the US Presidential election and its aftermath prompt thoughts about the UK. How and why have US politics gone this way? Could it all happen here in the UK? How secure is UK democracy?

White Privilege

Guy Maughfling

There’s one constant thread that runs through the Penguin History of the United States by Hugh Brogan: race. Many generations after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery in 1865, its scars are still visible. Hardly surprising, given the country nearly split in a civil war after Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 […]

Johnson v Trump – The Parallels of Death, Dishonesty and Division

Liz Price

Liz Price examines the parallel perils of Trump and Johnson’s leaderships, starting with a look at their handling of the pandemic. While we look on at the entrenched division and the violence in the US, we should take a long, hard and uncomplacent look at our democracy under Johnson.

Trump’s Towering Legacy

Martin Griffiths

As Donald Trump cements his place in history and infamy, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who posted a video on social media, which most clearly condemned Trump as a ‘failed leader’ and held him and his rhetoric responsible for inflaming those who broke into the Senate and caused such extreme damage. In his video, Schwarzenegger went […]

It is our Time to “Eat”

Guy Maughfling

One of the first Kiswahili words I learned when I first landed in Nairobi in 1989 was “WaBenzi”. As described by Shiva Naipaul in “North of South: an African Journey”, WaBenzi were corrupt politicians and their associates who drove around town in fancy Mercedes Benz, while most people lived on $2 a day or less. […]

Washington D.C. – 6 January 2021 – Trump’s assault on Capitol Hill

Helmut Hubel

One day after the spectacular attack against the U.S. Parliament, the German historian, retired Professor Wolfram Siemann published an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, one of the leading German newspapers, entitled „Gebt mir ein Blutbad!“ (Give me a bloodbath!). Siemann argues that the U.S. President, when inciting his followers to storm the Capitol, had a […]

Welcome to 2021 – Outside the EU

Jon Hill

Many people are marking the end of an era with some poignant articles. The consequences of our decision to actually leave the European Union are becoming apparent.Here are some takes from the world press. This from a descendent of German refugees electing to become a German citizen rather than stay with this country without values […]

This wouldn’t have happened without the Trump Enablers

Guy Maughfling

After the initial shock of seeing angry men with feeble beards invade Washington and interrupt a session in the House of Congress, including one dressed as a shaman complete with fur hat and horns (I still don’t know what that is about), my first thought, naturally, was of Franz von Papen. Papen was Chancellor of […]

Oh what a tangled web we weave …

Book Review by X Libris

According to Ian Dunt, author of ‘How to be a liberal’ (Canbury Press, 2020; £25), liberalism was born the moment Decartes wrote: ‘I am a real thing, and really exist, but what thing? A thinking thing’. Liberalism then went back to its cot for a few years to re-emerge, in a different form, with the […]

It’s not a joke

Martin Griffiths

Trump’s refusal to accept that he is a loser not only shows him to be a spoilt baby unable to accept defeat but, as Obama told CBS’s Scott Pelley, “It’s one more step in delegitimizing not just the incoming Biden administration but democracy in general.” Trump and his allies have continued to challenge the results […]

Billy No-Mates

Peter Burke

It looks as if the next 2 months will go down in history on both sides of the Atlantic

A Green Biden Presidency?

Guy Maughfling

I’ve wanted Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister ever since he publicly backed the Leave campaign in a direct challenge to David Cameron in March 2016. Not because of his politics and certainly not because of his character. I’m with Max Hastings, whose article for The Guardian as long ago as 2012 was headlined “For […]

Lying as a Political Strategy

Paul Ryder

President Trump’s “Deal” with the American people was: “I will lie to you and you will vote for me”. According to the Washington Post’s Fact Checker Trump spoke over 20,000 lies during his term as President. Some of them were very big indeed, and very influential like: ‘Climate change is a hoax’, ‘Wearing a mask […]

The British press is obsessed with the American elections!

Melissa Chemam

The US election 2020 took place on Tuesday 3 November. Even by Tuesday 10 November the British press continues to cover of the election exclusion of so many important issues at home and worldwide. As a journalist who has worked on foreign affairs since 2005, it seems obvious that this focus has only intensified. And […]

Time to Decide: The US Presidential Election

Guy Maughfling

Every four years, on the first Tuesday in November the United States heads to the polls to elect the next President. Like much that comes from the other side of the Atlantic, elections in America are full of superlatives. They are bigger, more expensive and longer. They truly are world-beating. To add to the superlatives, […]

A great victory for Ardern and democracy in NZ

Paul Ryder

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister, celebrated her Labour Party’s success in the recent elections, winning 61 of the 120 seats in the House of Representatives. This is the first single-party Government since the new system of proportional representation voting system replaced the first-past-the-post system in 1996. Before now, and since 1996, coalition Government […]

Migration – is it undervalued?

Hazel Pennington

No one can have been unmoved by the image of three year old Alan Kurdi, drowned on the last stretch of the family’s flight from war in Syria to safety in the European Union. Thousands fleeing war, persecution, poverty and the chaos of changing climate have died in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean. Human […]

Requiem of “The West”?

Helmut Hubel

In the Atlantic Charter of 14 August 1941 the United States and the United Kingdom set out the goals for the world, after Nazi Germany had been defeated. Later, when the Cold War began and the Soviet Union was regarded as primary enemy, the two Western powers worked hard to preserve their values, based on […]

God and the Devil or Honesty and Dishonesty

Helmut Hubel

In ancient times when a disaster had occurred (a seven year drought, flooding, diseases etc) people explained it as a “curse of God”. Read the Old Testament: The ancient Jews argued that “God’s people” no longer believed in him and had turned to other gods. Later, Martin Luther argued that sin comes directly from the […]

Months of lockdown have cleaned our planet: let’s keep it that way

Hazel Pennington

Can we make something really positive out of the global tragedy of Covid-19? We are in a climate emergency. We have to make big cuts in our carbon emissions. Transport powered by fossil fuel is a massive contributor to an individual’s carbon footprint. During the lockdown, largely thanks to car use plummeting, our air was […]

Johnson’s amateurs learn to ‘lie like an Englishman’

Philip Cole

What is the purpose of negotiations? The aim is, or should be to reach a settlement that satisfies both sides. This is what most adults understand by ‘fairness’. And negotiations require hard work. A bit of background: The Withdrawal Agreement establishes the terms of the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU, in accordance with Article […]

Johnson follows Trump’s lead with attacks on our democracy

Paul Ryder

When the outgoing Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor Sir Mark Sedwill confided to a colleague in reference to the Johnson-Cummings duo now leading in Downing Street that “they really want a presidential system”, it was a comment which needed to be taken seriously. The presidential system operating in the United States is supposed to […]

Germany will not pander to UK folly

Helmut Hubel

The British government appears determined not to prolong the interim period for negotiating a trade deal with the EU, and equally determined to leave the Union at the end of 2020, with or without an agreement on future relations. The second half of this year will therefore see the endgame in the EU-UK relationship. Germany […]

What does ‘health for all’ really mean?

Dr Phil Hammond

We spend trillions globally on ‘health’ – from high tech health services to health supplements and even health food.  I regularly go to meetings on health protection, health screening, health promotion, health education, health and wellbeing, health and safety – and I work in a National Health Service that spends £120bn a year serving the […]