Category: “Foreign Policy

When Bill Cash and Nigel Farage are trending on twitter, something is going very wrong in our land

Posted on 11 December 2011 | 10:12am

I don’t know which papers Lord Leveson reads, but assuming he flicks through them all as he presides over his inquiry into the press, he will be getting a very good example of the fusion of news and comment right now. There are pro Europe papers and there are rather more, and louder, anti Europe […]

Veto could make or break Cameron. fact it came from tactics not strategy means break more likely

Posted on 9 December 2011 | 3:12pm

With thanks to my favourite Elvis impersonator, Mark Wright aka@kingswimg72, I bring you his excellent tweet in response to mine asking the question ‘how many of our most important decisions do we make at 4am?’ ‘4am is time partners get drunk, argue and break up. The following morning they have to break it to the […]

Europe’s leaders need to be honest about what they really think, and what they really can and cannot do

Posted on 8 December 2011 | 11:12am

Another day, another summit, another round of ups and downs, then stand by for another set of bold declarations that Europe’s leaders have found the solutions to the current crisis … again. With every step of crisis management that doesn’t quite work, they take another reputational hit. How refreshing it would be if, instead of […]

Merkel, Sarko and Cameron will need all their communications skills to win the new arguments in Europe

Posted on 6 December 2011 | 8:12am

I’m off to Dunkirk today for a conference of French communications professionals, Cap’ Com, asking themselves whether the public still believe ‘la communication publique.’ The answer is that sometimes some of the public do, and sometimes some of them don’t. ‘Twas ever thus. It is probably fair to say though that people in advanced democracies […]

Cameron and Osborne could do worse than call in Brown and Darling for a private chat

Posted on 10 November 2011 | 6:11am

I was speaking at a dinner last night to businessmen and women who know a lot more about how the economy works than I do. So I was a bit alarmed to see how many were nodding along when I suggested that what was happening in the eurozone was, frankly, downright scary. Most situations described […]

Rarely can the summit smiles, backslaps and trumpeteering have seemed so incongruous

Posted on 3 November 2011 | 11:11am

I suppose our leaders have to do that smiling thing as they arrive at summits (though I can’t think they and we would all be happier if a lot of the ceremonials were scrapped, the trumpeteers confined to barracks, and the leaders just got on with the business of trying to rescue the world economy). […]

Did nobody at the eurozone crisis summit ask Papandreou about the R-word?

Posted on 1 November 2011 | 11:11am

Did the word ‘referendum’ cross anyone’s mind, let alone anyone’s lips, at the eurozone crisis summit last week? It certainly didn’t appear in any of the coverage I read. Could it be, once more, that the desire to get the big picture back in focus – not an ignoble objective – led to eyes being […]

Royal and honours tinkering, and an odd suggestion re women – short haul for Cameron’s long haul flights

Posted on 29 October 2011 | 11:10am

Perth in Western Australia is a lovely place, but I suspect David Cameron wishes the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting could have been held in the equally lovely Scottish namesake. No matter how wonderful Australia may be, it is a long long way away, and the PM was unsurprisingly looking a bit tired I thought. […]

With crisis seemingly averted for now, Europe’s leaders need to explain the issues better

Posted on 27 October 2011 | 8:10am

The mood music out of the eurozone crisis summit was pretty good, the reactions not bad, and so the sense is of disaster averted. The problem is that further difficult steps now have to be taken, and what happens when they are is far from certain. Europe’s leaders have laid down what should happen, but […]

A (very long) essay on political communications, French style

Posted on 19 October 2011 | 12:10pm

The post has just arrived and in it a very nice surprise, the discovery that Jacques Seguela, one-time adviser to President Mitterrand, now close confidant of President and Madame Sarkozy (indeed he intoduced them), and something of a legend in French political communications, has dedicated his latest book to little old moi. With apologies for […]