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Friday 02 July 2010
William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, made a speech yesterday. It got all the public-relations hoopla push that the government machine can manage.
Tuesday 22 September 2009
Appalling British attempt to make an international political thriller on a shoestring budget. You can't fault its ambition, but you can fault absolutely everything else about it.
Wednesday 01 April 2009
Just been to the "Barack and Gordon" show, a press conference at the ornate Foreign Office. First name terms all the way, to the Prime Minister's delight. The President is not big on protocol, even sipping water from a bottle. But he was the star of this 50-minute show
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/no-votes-but-pl.html">Archie Bland : No votes, but plenty of opinions</a>
Friday 24 October 2008
Foreign Policy has produced an excellent map based on a Gallup poll it conducted asking people around the world which US political candidate they support. 60 per cent of Britons are behind Obama - but that's nothing on Kenya, where he can count on the backing of 89 per cent of the public.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/british-foreign.html">Dr Tara McCormack: British foreign policy, searching for a purpose</a>
Wednesday 08 October 2008
When the Conservatives wanted to damn Gordon Brown's stance on 42 days earlier this week, they accused him of putting "his own interest before the national interest".
Sunday 30 October 2005
Monday 19 September 2005
Tuesday 02 August 2005
Monday 25 July 2005
Tuesday 16 November 2004
The Prime Minister's annual foreign policy address last night could hardly have come at a more critical juncture. Mr Blair was speaking just three days after his return from celebrating the "special relationship" with the newly re-elected George Bush and three days before the French President's state visit to this country to round off the centennial of the Entente Cordiale. It was the start of the week after Yasser Arafat's death; the US Secretary of State's resignation had been announced just hours before - and all this was happening against a backdrop of escalating violence in Iraq. Rarely can a Mansion House speech have been given amid such a foreign policy cacophony, with hope and despair, beginnings and endings, concord and discord all vying for precedence.
Tuesday 20 October 1998
Tuesday 23 June 1998
Thursday 02 April 1998
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 Why Arsène Wenger must spend to put icing on the cake and buy likes of Stevan Jovetic for Arsenal
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