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Liberal Democrats’ Federal Executive Away-Day NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Days, 23 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
I tend to be rather sceptical about the value of organisational away-days, not least when it’s a glorious summer’s day outside and the London Pride street party with a million people enjoying themselves is going on just a couple of miles...
History Will Be Kinder to Nick Clegg NEW
Jonathan Fryer 5 Days, 18 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
There’s a poignant piece in tomorrow’s Guardian revealing that Nick Clegg seriously contemplated resigning as Leader of the Liberal Democrats following last year’s disastrous European and local election results as he feared he had b...
Speak up for Raif Badawi NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It’s three years since the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was detained and although so far he has only received 50 of the 1,000 lashes to which he was condemned, his health is of great concern. Raif’s “crime” was to suggest that it...
The London LibDems’ Party Leadership Hustings NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Nearly 1,200 Liberal Democrat members (many of them newbies) gathered in the Institute of Education’s Logan Hall in Bloomsbury this evening for the London regional party’s hustings for the party leadership, compered by Party President (Ba...
Finding My Family NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 18 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
As someone who is on TV often as interviewer or commentator (mainly for Middle Eastern channels these days) it was an odd experience to be the subject of a television documentary this morning, “Family Finders” on BBC1. I was impressed wit...
What Next, Sir Simon? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
In general I don’t really favour titles and honours, but I can’t help but feel pleased by the award of a knighthood to Simon Hughes. It’s a tribute to the way he served the people of Bermondsey and the surrounding area for 32 years.
Tower Hamlets: End of an Era NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
At 4.30 this morning, one of the most controversial periods in the chequered history of Tower Hamlets politics came to an end. The designated successor to ousted Mayor Lutfur Rahaman, Rabina Khan — standing as an Independent, as the Election Co...
Closet Queens NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 1 Minute ago
“Closet queen” was a somewhat derogatory term much in vogue in Britain after the Second World War to describe homosexuals who kept their sexual orientation secret, not least politicians and other men in public life. The need for secrecy w...
Turkey’s Most Important Election NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Turks are going to the polls today in what are probably the most important parliamentary elections the country has seen in a generation. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while not a candidate himself, is hoping his AKParty will obtain a two- thir...
A Liberal Response to the Digital Revolution NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Technology is driving the European recovery, but if the EU is to remain globally competitive it needs to educate more of its labour force in relevant skills or allow in talent from elsewhere. A million jobs in Europe are unfilled because of a lack of...
Remembering Charles Kennedy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 6 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Few politicians inspire as much warmth as Charles Kennedy generated during his time as leader of the Liberal Democrats. But then few politicians are as engaging, witty and profoundly human — in their strengths and their weaknesses — as Ch...
Britain Right to Target FIFA’s Blatter NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
The fact that Sepp Blatter’s re-election as President of FIFA failed to get a winning two-thirds plurality on the first round goes to show that a growing number of countries’ football bodies are unhappy at the way the pugnacious Swiss has...
Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
I took a break from writing this morning to go to see the huge and imposing exhibition of back-and-white photographs by the Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado, which is running at the Galleria Municipal Torreao Nascente in Lisbon until 2 August. I had often...
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The self-styled Islamic State shot to global prominence largely by its highly effective use of social media and video streaming to trumpet its egregious human riots abuses in Iraq, Syria and Libya, from the graphic beheadings of “unbelievers&rd...
Media and Democracy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Before leaving London for Lisbon, I was one of two guest speakers (alongside my friend and colleague Lawrence Joffe) at a seminar on media and democracy at the House of Commons for visiting students from Turkey. I argued that without a free and diver...
Dubai’s Creek NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Dubai has become synonymous with extravagant shopping malls and high-rise buildings, not least the current tallest edifice in the world, the Burj Khalifa. But when I have had free time in the city I have always gravitated towards the Creek, in the ol...
No, Simon Hughes Doesn’t Want a Peerage NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours ago
For me the saddest, and in many ways most unexpected, result last Thursday night was Simon Hughes’s ousting from Bermondsey and Old Southwark after 32 years as the area’s member of parliament. One knew that Labour had been absolutely floo...
Liberal Democrat Resilience NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Last week’s general election results in Britain were a shock to almost everyone — including the opinion pollsters — but the cruellest blows were for the Liberal Democrats, who lost 48 of their 56 seats. Ministers such as Simon Hughe...
Europe Day in Oslo NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 8 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Norway is not a member of the European Union, though as a member of the EEA, they have to obey European single market laws without having any imput into their formulation. In Oslo, they call that “fax diplomacy” — these days receivi...
Back to My Roots NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Over the Bank Holiday weekend I had to take some enforced leave from general election campaigning to be in Manchester to take part in filming for a TV documentary about my childhood adoption and the recent reunion with my two blood-sisters. The past...