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Holocaust Memorial Day NEW
Jonathan Fryer 11 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Every year on Holocaust Memorial Day I go to a commemoration of some kind, usually at an embassy of one of the central or eastern European states, but this year was special — and not only because the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschw...
Re-engaging with Iran NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Day, 18 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
It is 35 years since the Iranian Revolution and the US hostage crisis, yet the rhetoric between Tehran and the “Great Satan” America hardly seems to have varied during that time. Attempts to bring about a rapprochement faltered when it wa...
Matthew Oakeshott Is Right NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 3 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Lord Oakeshott has often made himself unpopular with the Liberal Democrat leadership, not least for the way that he has criticised Nick Clegg’s handling of the Coalition with the Conservatives. While I think Matthew’s views are sometimes...
ISIS and the London Conference NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 21 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Yesterday the Foreign Ministers of 21 nations gathered in London to discuss how to respond to Islamic State. There were not only representatives of major Western countries, including John Kerry from the United States, but also delegations from five o...
The Writers’ Guild Awards NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 23 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Last night I was at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the Writers’ Guild Awards, of which ALCS (on whose Board I sit) is a sponsor. The setting was suitably glitzy and the host, Sandi Toksvig, in scintillating, cheeky form. A...
Another Coalition but Which Coalition? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
A new UK national opinion poll from YouGov this weekend puts Labour on 32%, the Conservatives on 31%, UKIP on 18%, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens both on 7%, and Others on 5%. Once again neither of the two main parties has managed to muster the...
The Charlie Hebdo Debate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 1 Minute ago
Last night, at short notice, I was asked to take part in a live TV debate on the Charlie Hebdo affair on PressTV, the Iranian channel, to give a European perspective on things. There was incomprehension from some of the interactive viewers as to why...
LibDems Must Stand Firm on Free Expression NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
It was inevitable after recent events in Paris that the Conservatives in the UK would try to breathe new life into the Snoopers Charter — specifically seeking the right for the government to read everyone’s emails, in principle on the gro...
Blasphemy Laws Are Medieval NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Given the blanket media coverage of events in Paris over the past week many people will probably have missed the distressing news that on Friday, after midday prayers, the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi received 50 lashes in a public flogging, an act of m...
Those Who Hold Bastogne NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
With so much attention understandably focussed on World War I last year, it might be easy to forget the enormity of the slaughter and suffering of World War II, though the numbers of civilians killed in the latter conflict was mind-boggling, not leas...
Maajid Nawaz and a Hampstead Liberal New Year NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Every New Year for quite a while now Andreas Utermann, the Belgian Global CIO at Allianz Global Investors, who has a house in Hampstead, has generously sponsored a New Year reception for Hampstead Liberal Democrats; often it was in the magical Heath...
British Kebab Awards NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The British Curry Awards have become a firm fixture in the UK’s gastronomic calendar, but they now have a vigorous rival in the form of the British Kebab Awards, whose third annual event was held last night at London’s Park Plaza Hotel. I...
British Kebab Awards NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The British Curry Awards have become a firm fixture in the UK’s gastronomic calendar, but they now have a vigorous rival in the form of the British Kebab Awards, whose third annual event was held last night at London’s Park Plaza Hotel. I...
Crafting a Liberal Democrat General Election Narrative NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The starting gun has fired for May’s general election in the UK, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has stressed that the LibDems can be a useful moderating force in a future Coalition with either the Conservatives or Labour. That’s all...
Crafting a Liberal Democrat General Election Narrative NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The starting gun has fired for May’s general election in the UK, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has stressed that the LibDems can be a useful moderating force in a future Coalition with either the Conservatives or Labour. That’s all...
The Sindbad Voyage NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
As someone who travels a huge amount, researching, lecturing and writing, I never lose the thrill of encountering new places and new peoples. But I’ve always been a bit mystified by travellers for whom the journey and the mode of transport them...
The Sindbad Voyage NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
As someone who travels a huge amount, researching, lecturing and writing, I never lose the thrill of encountering new places and new peoples. But I’ve always been a bit mystified by travellers for whom the journey and the mode of transport them...
2014 in review NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Oper...
2014 in review NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Oper...
Egypt: Please Release the AJ3 NOW! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
It’s now one year since three Al Jazeera journalists have been in prison in Egypt, for the simple “crime” of doing their job. One of them is a former colleague of mine at the BBC, Peter Greste, from Australia, from where his family...