Category: “Foreign Policy

A national catastrophe, and a vacuum in leadership. This is what Britain voted for

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 9:06am

So where to start with the national catastrophe, which has reduced us to an international joke, that has been unleashed? Let’s start with the thing people are crying out for right now – leadership. It is easy to understand why the Prime Minister has decided he has to go. But there is a reason for […]

3Ps+U = REMAIN. Peace, power, prosperity v Fear of the Unknown

Posted on 15 June 2016 | 3:06pm

Yesterday I spent a lively couple of hours debating the pros and cons of EU membership with former Chancellor Norman Lamont in the City. He was one of the first high profile political figures ever to suggest one day we might leave the EU (so long ago I can’t remember when.) At the time it […]

Time to listen to people who know what they are on about

Posted on 9 June 2016 | 6:06am

Given that Tony Blair ousted John Major from power in 1997, they are hardly ever likely to be best buddies. But for both Prime Ministers, Northern Ireland was a big priority, and the progress to peace there one of the best examples of what boldness and courage, political commitment and hard work, can do. So […]

Foreigners may not have a vote, but they can have a big say in EU referendum

Posted on 20 April 2016 | 8:04pm

I am in Dublin today, speaking about Brexit to a conference of Ibec, the Irish equivalent of the CBI. Here is the text.  There are three things I hope to do today. Tell you what I think is happening in the Brexit debate. Explain why I am so keen for REMAIN to win. And also, suggest […]

A train ride with Millwall fans – and the hope it gave me for the EU debate

Posted on 17 April 2016 | 8:04am

The usual reaction of most people, when a boisterous group of beer-laden Millwall fans get on board your mid-morning train carriage, is to do as I did yesterday – sink a little lower into your seat, and stare even more intently into your iphone. This does not always work, however, if you have a face and […]

It is not unPC to worry that ISIS and Putin are more strategic than our leaders engaged in battle with them

Posted on 25 March 2016 | 7:03am

  Last week I was in Germany, speaking to a business team whose leader had read WINNERS and wanted me to talk about it to his colleagues, with a particular focus on OST. As those who have read the book will know, as does anyone who has ever worked with me, OST means O for Objective, […]

Time to call out the Union of Media barons’ Lie Machines and their anti-democratic role in the EU referendum

Posted on 12 March 2016 | 4:03pm

This is a longer version of an article which appears in The Observer today, and a shorter version of a (draft) speech I am due to make next month on the nature of the media debate around the EU referendum. I do not read papers or listen to the broadcast media in the way I […]

Power, peace and prosperity – three reasons more important than Boris Johnson’s ego to stay in EU

Posted on 23 February 2016 | 8:02am

As I arrived at Hong Kong airport a few hours ago, there were three TV channels playing above our heads as we queued to go through immigration. On one, a Chinese presenter appeared to be explaining what was happening in world markets. On the second, pictures of a smiling Hillary Clinton to illustrate new polls suggesting she […]

Five thousand words or so on how today’s challenges for leaders are tougher than 1997, and lots of other stuff. Happy Christmas

Posted on 20 December 2015 | 1:12pm

I’ve not done a big blog for a while, so as I penned this speech for a conference in France today, and I saw it was getting close to the 5,000 word mark, I thought ‘why not? Get it up there.’ The conference is in Montpellier in southern France and they asked me to reflect […]

‘European history will see this as the age of Merkel’

Posted on 11 December 2015 | 9:12am

Angela Merkel having – rightly in my view – been named Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’, I thought I would post the mini-profile of the German Chancellor I wrote in WINNERS AND HOW THEY SUCCEED. This was written before Ukraine, the continuing fallout from the Greek/Eurozone financial calamity, and the migration crisis were all […]