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The UK Home Office is Still Not Fit for Purpose (Daily Express Jul 23, 2106)

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THANKS TO Brexit and Theresa May’s arrival as Prime Minister, the UK may be about to twee a sea-change in the often chaotic ways it has managed migration in recent years. However it was not reassuring that during her first week as Home Secretary, Amber Rudd refused to commit to even a vague numerical target for [Read more…]

Theresa May’s Record as Home Secretary is Alarming, Not Reassuring (Spectator Blog Jul 16, 2016)

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Despite David Cameron’s experience as a marketing man, his skills at reputation management were feeble compared to those of Theresa May. May was not a terrible Home Secretary but she was not a good one, still less an outstanding one. Yes, she remained in office for six years. But longevity in office is hardly proof of [Read more…]

Theresa May is a Failed Home Secretary and Bad Choice for PM (Reaction.Life 2 Jul 2016)

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(Originally published on the Daily Telegraph site July 1, 2016; taken down later that afternoon: see https://order-order.com/2016/07/02/read-full-article-pulled-telegraph-pressure-may-campaign/) In the run-up to the 2015 election one of the handicaps David Cameron had to finesse was the fact that net migration to the UK was three times as high as he had promised it would be. Remarkably, none of [Read more…]

In Britain and Across the World, An Age-Old Schism Becomes Ever More Bitter - Sunday Times 3 Jan 2016

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http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/focus/article1652282.ece Original Version: For most Westerners the Shia-Sunni conflict has been a confusing but distant phenomenon that rumbles along in the background of Middle Eastern and South Asian politics: an obscure theological dispute within Islam that only makes headlines when a Shia mosque is destroyed in Pakistan or Hezbollah blows up a Sunni leader in Lebanon. [Read more…]

Rwanda, Britain, and the Strange Case of General Karake (Politico Aug. 19, 2015)

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Rwanda, Britain, and the Strange Case of General Karake (Politico Aug. 19, 2015)

Why Does Europe Hound Rwanda – A self-reliant, tough, no-nonsense country is hard to patronize, perhaps? Supporters of Rwandan General Karenzi Karake celebrate after he was granted bail | Getty Travelers queuing at London’s Heathrow airport two months ago witnessed something peculiar: the very public arrest of Rwanda’s intelligence chief, Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake, as he was [Read more…]

Reparations for the Raj? Mr Tharoor, you must be joking! (Politico Aug 3, 2015)

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Reparations for the Raj? Mr Tharoor, you must be joking! (Politico Aug 3, 2015)

The controversial Indian politician Shashi Tharoor sparks a polemical debate at the Oxford Union LONDON — An Oxford Union debate in which a senior Indian legislator, Shashi Tharoor, made a very funny speech last week calling for Britain to make reparations to India for the sins of the Raj, ignited a social media firestorm that culminated [Read more…]

Aid is no substitute for defence - as Michael Fallon knows (Spectator Coffee House 30 June 2015)

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Aid is no substitute for defence - as Michael Fallon knows (Spectator Coffee House 30 June 2015)

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials – including President Obama himself – keep expressing concern about Britain’s rapidly shrinking defence capabilities and the prospect of yet more defence cuts. David Cameron also dislikes being reminded that he lectured other Nato leaders about meeting the alliance’s [Read more…]

Why the UK's "Prevent" strategy Isn't working (Spectator Blog June 18, 2015)

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Telling young men that ISIS is ‘dangerous’ will only encourage them to go “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’ When we were both sixteen, my then-best friend Dave carved the above lyric on his school desk. It was from the song ‘Mad World’ by the band Tears for Fears and [Read more…]

It's Crazy to Cut Defence and then Boost Foreign Aid (Daily Express June 5, 2015)

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It's Crazy to Cut Defence and then Boost Foreign Aid (Daily Express June 5, 2015)

BOTH David Cameron and George Osborne have stated at various times that the defence of the realm is the first duty of any government. Despite this and despite the PM’s urging fellow Nato leaders to spend the required minimum of two per cent GDP on defence, the Government has announced that the UK’s fast-shrinking and demoralised Armed Forces [Read more…]

In Defense of Tony Blair, Peace Envoy (Politico.eu May 28, 2015)

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The former prime minister worked hard on the Middle East. But it was an impossible job. LONDON — You don’t have to be a devoted fan of Tony Blair to see that the mockery he has received concerning his resignation as Middle East peace envoy is unfair. Much of the criticism he received during his eight [Read more…]