Newly released papers reveal a startling lack of unity in Government circles over how to respond to the 1982 Argentine invasion
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Saturday 14 March 2009
Monday 08 December 2008
It is the deepest instinct of those marooned in the darkest of dark days to search for the light at the end of the tunnel, and with help from The New York Times's Maureen Dowd, I believe I may just have found it.
Thursday 09 October 2008
Friday 26 September 2008
In every fat book, there is thin book struggling to get out. Chris Patten has written his longest book so far: 500 pages of observation, wisdom, and a great deal of history about world affairs. Already, events are moving on. Since Patten finished this work, America has indulged in the biggest wave of nationalisation of finance capital seen since Lenin. Meanwhile, Russia reverts to being a 19th-century imperial power, sending much bigger warships than gunboats as well as 20,000 men, 2,000 tanks and its air force to punish the foolish mistake of the president of a faraway country, Georgia, of which most knew little until August this year.
Thursday 24 April 2008
I have to pinch myself. Gordon Brown is forced to make concessions so that some of the poorest do not lose out from his own plans. This is the same Gordon Brown who spent much of his time as Chancellor agonising over how to do more for the poor while despairing of his neighbour next door on the grounds that he was indifferent to the issue.
Wednesday 06 February 2008
Kevin Sinclair was probably the best known working hack (his own, preferred description) in the former British colony of Hong Kong. Bibulous, splenetic and formidably energetic, he was born in New Zealand but spent more than 40 years in Hong Kong working for The Star, The Hong Kong Standard and, most of all, for The South China Morning Post where his regular column was still appearing until shortly before his death.
Wednesday 17 May 2006
Sven Goran Eriksson's belief that Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen will require the No 9 and No 10 jerseys he has allocated to them for the World Cup took a small step towards validation yesterday when, just as the England coach had hoped, the Newcastle United forward completed the squad's first training session here on the Algarve.
Monday 15 May 2006
Maxim Gorky's extraordinary play Enemies has been described as "the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian revolution". It was written in 1906 (a couple of years after The Cherry Orchard) while the author was in political exile. The action is set on the estate of Zakhar Bardin, a liberal-minded landowner who, unlike Chekhov's feckless Gaevs, has moved with the times by becoming co-owner of a factory.
Friday 04 February 2005
Monday 11 October 2004
Chris Patten: 'UKIP lives in a fantasy world of Dambusters, Panzers and conspiracies against Blighty'
Monday 11 October 2004
Saturday 26 June 2004
Serbia goes to the polls tomorrow in the second round of crucial presidential elections.
Wednesday 23 June 2004
Thursday 27 May 2004
A jibe by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, about the calibre and self-importance of European Union diplomats provoked a protest yesterday from Chris Patten, the European commissioner for external relations, who dismissed the comments as "ridiculous".
Tuesday 04 November 2003
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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