May 2013 (9)
May 31 2013 1:02PM
Time for Europe to end persecution of Roma
It’s Friday. The sun is out and frankly I’m on my soap box once again. Why oh why do so many of Europe’s leaders continue to persecute Roma? The Roma community get given short shrift when it comes to housing. They are constantly subjec...
May 28 2013 12:24PM
Pussy Riot: not sponsored by Nike or Coca-Cola
I was at a gig in south London last week when, so to speak, my day job popped up. One minute I was “chillaxing” (as I believe the kids and the prime minister like to say) to some genial indie rock, the next ... I’m listening to a longi...
May 17 2013 12:49PM
On the march against homophobia - from Finland to Zambia via the UK
Today is International Day Against Homophobia – and in all honesty it could hardly be a hotter topic. The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency released horrific statistics that revealed that 26 per cent of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
May 16 2013 3:09PM
A week’s delay should suffice: is the UK still dragging its feet on Guantánamo?
A week is a long time in politics. It means, as Westminster watchers never tire of telling us, that things can change dramatically in the volatile political ecosphere. On the other hand, I reckon a week can also confirm a political tre...
May 15 2013 9:39PM
Arms Trade Treaty, wow what a night...
Wow, what a night. It takes quite a lot to make me speechless, but tonight’s special event at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office certainly did that. It’s been 20 years in the making, but here were the great and the good all gathered t...
May 14 2013 4:32PM
The dark shadow hanging over Eurovision
It’s Eurovision time. And while our national press indulges itself in a celebration of Euro-pop, cheese and kitsch , it’s worthwhile turning our minds back 12 months and putting the spotlight once more on the hosts of the 2012 song con...
May 13 2013 1:44PM
Counting down the years: a film of Hakamada Iwao's 45 years on death row
When I was at school, back in the seventies (gulp), the most unusual after-school thing I ever did was to take part in a geography exercise to “map” the shopping precinct of my local town. As far as I remember, it involved walking arou...
May 3 2013 6:17PM
Come on shine a light on me!
This morning I received an email from the Foreign Office letting me know of some of the positive initiatives that they had undertaken to mark World Press Freedom Day. The sun was shining and a warm glow came over me as I read about the...
May 3 2013 11:57AM
Shooting the shooters who shoot the shooters - Syria’s war against journalists
In Britain the last decade has seen a spate of twitchy, overzealous and in some cases downright unlawful incidents where the police have tried to prevent journalists and others taking photos of or filming “sensitive” objects. It’s been...