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A Farron Boost for Richmond Park NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Days, 9 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Tim Farron is coming to the end of his four-year term as President of the Liberal Democrats, but he’s still juggling being the campaigning MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale with the demands of the rubber chicken circuit. This evening he was in Mo...
AEJ Congress Neusiedl NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 22 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Burgenland is the least populated of all Austria’s states, a jagged sliver of land bordering Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. As such, it was the ideal location for this year’s Congress of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), whe...
UK’s Palestine Vote: More Than Symbolic NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Last night the British House of Commons voted by 274 to 12 in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. Though the vote has no binding implication for the UK Government (whose Ministers abstained, as is usual in such circumstances), its...
Reconnecting with Manchester NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Although I was born and grew up in Manchester, having had rather an unhappy childhood I was only too pleased to see the back of the place when I went off to university and later never even thought of moving back to the city. But I’ve been pleas...
Jo Grimond, MGS and Me NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Fifty years ago this year, the then leader of the Liberal Party, Jo Grimond, went to Manchester Grammar School (MGS, then a direct grant grammar school, rather than the independent establishment it is now) to talk to the boys in the lecture theatre.
Liberal Democrats Glasgow Conference NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
As this year’s LibDem autumn conference was held unusually later this year — to make way for the Scottish referendum — and the SOAS university term has already started, I was only able to spend the first three days up in Glasgow, wh...
Mark Edwards at the Catto Gallery NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 10 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The painter Mark Edwards, who has a solo exhibition at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead until 21 October, has been exploring a mysterious imaginary landscape, the White Wood, for the past seven years, the result of which is a captivating, eerie series...
Over the Edge NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
This article first appeared in the online edition of InterLib, the magazine of Liberal International British Group (LIBG). The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is a past master at inventing Orwellian names for its military operations. “Protective Ed...
Brooks Newmark and Media Hypocrisy NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
The resignation of the Tory Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark, after he sent a sexually explicit photo of himself to an undercover reporter from the Sunday Mirror has produced a salacious backdrop to today’s opening of the Conservative...
A Night Tube for London, At Last! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Transport for London has announced that from 12 September 2015, an overnight tube service will run on Fridays and Saturdays. So at last London Underground will be entering the 21st century, acknowledging the demands of the public in Europe’s pr...
Dr Jamal Nasir NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 12 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
I returned from Africa just in time to attend a condolences event in Knightsbridge with the family of Dr Jamal Nasir, former Minister of Justice and Acting Foreign Minister of Jordan, who has died, aged 92. I had been due to join him in Amman this au...
Remembering Donald Sinden NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 53 Minutes ago
Donald Sinden was one of those rare actors who excelled in both comedy and tragedy, and offstage he was a brilliant performer as well. He liked to assume the role of a scatty old man — while retaining his rich, fruity intonation — while i...
Good for Britain, Good for Europe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
My LibDem colleague and friend Giles Goodall’s take on the top EU appointments I blogged about at the weekend: The EU’s new faces: good for Britain, good for Europe   Giles Goodall is a member of the European Movement’s Nationa...
A Stronger EU Leadership? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 35 Minutes ago
I only met Herman Van Rompuy once, finding him courteous and professorial, which is maybe not surprising given his low-key personality and taste for composing haiku, but I always felt it unfair the way the British Press ridiculed the former Belgian P...
UKIP Gets Its “First” MP NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Having debated against the eloquent Euro-sceptic Conservative MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, during May’s European election campaign, I am not particularly surprised by his defection to UKIP. In a sense it is odd he didn’t do it before...
Egypt: The Elusive Arab Spring NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 3 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
During the first few weeks of 2011 I was glued to Al Jazeera’s English-language TV channel as the revolution in Egypt unfurled and President Hosni Mubarak eventually stood down from power. But this proved to be a hollow victory for the predomin...
The Bridge NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
I have only seen the second series of the TV crime drama The Bridge, but it made me an instant convert to Nordic Noir. The dynamic between the two mismatched detectives, one Danish, one Swedish, is quite special, as is the observation of their dysfun...
Christiania NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 21 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
When a community of hippies and eco-warriors settled in Copenhagen’s garden suburb of Christiania over 40 years ago they were hailed as Europe’s equivalent to San Fracsisco’s peaceniks. But whereas many American drop-outs returned t...
“Islamic State”: Pure Evil NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 3 Days, 18 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
I have not watched the video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by a militant from the so-called Islamic State, IS (previously known as ISIS). I don’t need to, in order to share the revulsion and anger felt by most people in Brit...
The Beauty of Silence NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Brazil has long been one of my favourite countries in the world, but nowhere is perfect. The one thing about life here that I find really difficult is the absence of silence. Every cafe, restaurant and bar has either the television or radio blaring,...