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Digital Subscriptions to The New York Times

1 June 2023

A few years ago I took out a £2 a month digital subscription to The New York Times, which I thought great value for such a good newspaper. Accordingly, I recommended the deal to students. Now I have little use for it and had begun to think about cancelling my subscription, which I was told when I took it out could be done ‘at any time’. This decision was hardened when I read in my latest bank statement that my subscription had just jumped from £2 to £8 a month. OK, there has been a great deal of inflation – but four times the original rate? Read more.

Digital Subscriptions to The New York Times2023-06-03T16:40:43+01:00

New START Treaty on embassy life support

February 15 2023

It is a defining feature of the permanent embassy that – in contrast to the special mission – it has general responsibilities, and these might cover almost any subject. Although I’m guessing, a recent and extremely important case in point appears to be the role of the Russian Embassy in Washington and the US embassy in Moscow in keeping the New START Treaty on life support. Read more.

New START Treaty on embassy life support2023-02-22T18:32:26+00:00

What role for diplomacy over Ukraine?

6 February 2023

A diplomatic settlement of the Ukraine conflict on terms unacceptable to Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government should not even be considered, and – despite emerging signs of ‘Ukraine fatigue’ in some Western capitals – probably will not be. So what is the role, if any, for diplomacy over Ukraine? Read more.

What role for diplomacy over Ukraine?2023-02-15T16:36:20+00:00

Corrupt honorary consuls exposed

28 November 2022

It has long been suspected that governments riddled with corruption have allowed this reflex to extend – for a fee – to appointing rogues of all sorts to represent them as ‘honorary consuls’ in foreign states that permit them, as the vast majority do. Read more.

Corrupt honorary consuls exposed2022-12-23T12:54:20+00:00

Is Boris Johnson a crypto-fascist?

6 November, 2021

Probably not. But events of the last week, when added to an already long list of anti-democratic actions by the British prime minister, strengthen the possibility that he might as well be. I refer to his recent attempt to save a fellow Brexiteer and chum from mild punishment for spectacularly breaching parliamentary rules against paid advocacy by changing them after the event. Read more.

Is Boris Johnson a crypto-fascist?2021-11-06T09:35:08+00:00

America’s headless embassies

11 October 2021

Astonishing to report, almost nine months since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden in January, a huge number of ambassadorial positions at US embassies and key bodies such as NATO, the EU, and the OECD, as well as senior positions in the Department of State, remain unfilled. Why has this happened and why is it serious? Read more.

America’s headless embassies2021-10-11T20:38:29+01:00

Embassies and transnational repression

25 May, 2021

If the vicious authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, now a Russian puppet state in eastern Europe, will force down an EU civil airliner in order to seize, imprison and torture an opposition journalist, it seems to me that we are entitled to ask: To what lengths will this and any regime of a similar nature also go in using their embassies to pursue their opponents in the diaspora – to engage in what is now known as ‘transnational repression’? Read more.

Embassies and transnational repression2021-05-25T20:49:39+01:00

Boris Johnson: the charge sheet

1 May 2021

I’ve blogged very little of late, being taken up with spring gardening jobs and wrapping up a new book but I am forced back to it by the need to sound off yet again about that ‘greased piglet’, Boris Johnson, who still seems able to get away with murder – or at least manslaughter. Read more.

Boris Johnson: the charge sheet2021-05-01T08:31:00+01:00

‘Brexit: a tragic national error’

1 January, 2021

Thus the headline on The Guardian’s eloquent editorial today, New Year’s Day 2021, the day on which the UK starts life outside the European Union. I have nothing to add to it – except be sure to click on the link ‘led by journalists’ (hell, there it is, I’ve provided it myself) in order to re-read Max Hastings’s justly famous exposé of Boris Johnson’s true character.

‘Brexit: a tragic national error’2021-01-21T08:34:33+00:00

Boris Johnson takes UK down

11 December, 2020

Brexit head-banger in chief, first liar of the United Kingdom, and second-rate comedian, Boris Johnson, is primed to lead the UK, with sickening relish and grinning the while, into the abyss. Read more.

Boris Johnson takes UK down2020-12-29T07:37:50+00:00

Johnson’s Britain and the price of breaking international law

12 September 2020

The moral and political decay of Boris Johnson’s government has now marked a new low. It has been forced to admit publicly that it is willing to break an important international agreement signed and ratified less than a year earlier. The price of this is already significant and, unless it is stopped, will become much heavier. Read more.

Johnson’s Britain and the price of breaking international law2020-09-12T14:32:58+01:00

US election: Democrats v. Anti-democrats

4 September 2020

‘The danger is now clear: Trump is destroying democracy in broad daylight.’ Such is the heading of Jonathan Freedland’s column in The Guardian today. Few writers could have summed up this frightening threat with more eloquence and authority. I urge all visitors to this site to read this article.

At very low cost, the US election campaign can be followed in detail via the digital edition of The New York Times. Students, I believe, can get an even lower rate than the one I am paying. Visit this page.

US election: Democrats v. Anti-democrats2020-09-04T18:56:37+01:00

Hostile takeover: Foreign Office swallows Development ministry

2 September 2020

First it was the Foreign Office (FO), then it evolved into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and today it becomes – as foreshadowed by Boris Johnson on 16 June – Britain’s ‘super-department for international affairs’, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Was this a good idea? Read more.

Hostile takeover: Foreign Office swallows Development ministry2022-02-20T07:38:10+00:00
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