Category: “Foreign Policy

Memories of Mandela: uniquely inspiring, a good man responsible for great things

Posted on 6 December 2013 | 10:12am

Well, I suppose we have all had a long time to get used to the idea it might happen, but that does not minimise the sadness, nor the sense of loss, that he has finally gone. Both are reflections of the fact that Nelson Mandela was one of the small number of historical figures from […]

Northern Ireland showed TB at his best

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 2:10pm

If you read The Guardian, you may already have seen the piece I am posting below. It is an extract from the introduction Tony Blair has written for the book I am publishing next week, The Irish Diaries. For both TB and Bertie Ahern, though they get whacked plenty over other stuff, Northern Ireland must […]

Merkel unique and her campaign uniquely German, but still lessons in there

Posted on 25 September 2013 | 9:09pm

Below is a short piece I did for Der Spiegel on the German election campaign, first in English and then, a part translated (not by me) German version. I do so wish I had not lost my German. Used to be virtually fluent, now get by. I blame French and France. Favourite language, spend too […]

Speech on modern media, modern comms, modern strategy and why the Queen is a great communicator

Posted on 27 June 2013 | 9:06am

Here is the speech I am about to make – grandly titled an Oration Address by the organisers, to the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, Thursday June 27, Melbourne.​ Forgive the references to slides, lovingly prepared by my daughter, which the audience will see but I don’t have a clue how to put on here. […]

New social website for those suffering mental disorder

Posted on 26 June 2013 | 1:06am

Greetings from Australia, where anyone following my tweets, pix and links to interviews will know I am, as ever when here, loving the place. I keep having little nagging thoughts that I should write a blog – about my meeting with the PM, about the kamikaze politics of the ruling Labor Party’s leadership struggles, about […]

Cameron’s speech timetabling shambles underlines his DNA problem – all tactics no strategy

Posted on 15 January 2013 | 5:01pm

Here is a piece I have done for The Guardian today. I sometimes wish we had patented “The Grid”, the scheduling tool New Labour developed in opposition and subsequently used in government to seek to bring order and strategy to a mass of often seemingly unrelated activities. These days, most major organisations and businesses have […]

What did the Romans ever do for us (EU section)?

Posted on 12 January 2013 | 10:01am

As David Cameron seemingly spends another weekend deciding whether, where and when to make his much vaunted speech on Europe … as the rest of us ponder the remarkable failure of leadership that has got him into a mess of his own making … as Ed Miliband rightly signals no truck with the idea of […]

Lincoln film, not to mention TB’s first 2.5 years compared with Cameron’s, reminds what a pygmological government we have

Posted on 10 January 2013 | 8:01am

I was lucky enough to go last night to a preview of Lincoln, the new film about America’s greatest President. Immediate thoughts – Daniel Day Lewis nailed on for an Oscar, great decision by Spielberg to focus on a relatively short period of his political life, climaxing with the vote to abolish slavery, pleased it […]

Practical lessons for Labour from Obama’s re-election – guest blog

Posted on 15 November 2012 | 6:11am

This blog comes courtesy of a friend of mine, Greg Nugent, who until recently was part of the London 2012 team under Seb Coe which helped deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic Games ever. It must be hard to know what to do next after an extraordinary experience like that, but Greg decided to get […]

Obama learns from Abraham Lincoln, as they all do. But there are lessons from Lyndon Johnson too

Posted on 7 November 2012 | 9:11am

By an accident of timing, I was reading the latest of Robert Caro’s vast books on Lyndon Johnson on a flight yesterday, and reached the point where President Kennedy was assassinated, and Johnson had to step up. It is one of those books that makes you want a flight to go on and on, because […]