Category: “Foreign Policy

Obama gets the tone pitch perfect as he announces Bin Laden’s death

Posted on 2 May 2011 | 6:05am

Barack Obama will have weighed every word carefully as he announced the successful operation to kill Osama Bin Laden. He will know that his statement in the White House will be played again and again on news bulletins around the world today. It was an announcement with one major fact in it – Bin Laden’s […]

French Presidential election about as tough to call as they come

Posted on 27 April 2011 | 3:04pm

Just back from a couple of interesting days in Paris, speaking to politicians, strategists, analysts, Terra Nova thinktankers, journalists and bloggers about the 2012 Presidential elections. I met a lot of people who said that President Sarkozy was so unpopular, so low in the polls (about which the French media and political classes are obsessed) […]

South Africa: Government and media have mutual interest in good communications, not least re Mandela

Posted on 2 April 2011 | 10:04am

As I blogged earlier in the week, I was recently in South Africa advising the government there on communications issues. The Independent group of newspapers asked me to write about my visit, and some of the issues we discussed. Here is the article I did for them. For a political romantic – and despite the […]

Labour must not let Lansley get away with burying good news on the NHS – and other media double standards

Posted on 20 March 2011 | 12:03pm

It’s fascinating to watch liberal commentators say how blindingly obvious it is that military action should be taken to deal with a fascist dictator killing his own people (aka Gaddafi) … in many instances the same liberal commentators who remain so angry at the action taken to deal with a fascist dictator who had been […]

Hard to disagree with anything Cameron said on Libya today

Posted on 18 March 2011 | 12:03pm

Having devoted many words on this blog to pointing out David Cameron’s failings, it seems fair to point out how well he has done with regard to Libya in the last few days. It looked highly unlikely a few days ago that the UN would agree to the approach the Prime Minister has just set […]

As Cameron slithers from tactic to tactic, Mandelson and Straw right to defend difficult positions

Posted on 7 March 2011 | 9:03am

I may not have liked much about Peter Mandelson’s book (“‘insufferably self-indulgent’ – Alastair Campbell” doesn’t seem to have made it to the quotes on the cover of the paperback). However, I totally agree with his defence of the Blair government’s attempts to bring Libya in from the cold. He has written a well-argued piece […]