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Michael Bloch’s Jeremy Thorpe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Days, 8 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Jeremy Thorpe was the Liberal Party’s most charismatic leader since David Lloyd George, whom in many ways he tried to emulate. I first met him when he came to speak at the Oxford Union while I was Secretary of the university’s Liberal Clu...
Liberalism versus Islamism NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
When the International Office of the Liberal Democrats first mooted the idea of a fringe meeting at this weekend’s Spring conference in Liverpool on issues surrounding radical Islam some voices urged caution, fearful this could inflame tensions...
LibDems’ Liverpool Rally NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
With just eight weeks to go until polling day, the opening rally at the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in Liverpool had one clear aim: to enthuse the troops in a campaign that is all about survival. Not that I believe the LibDems face ann...
David Steel’s Golden Orpington Dinner NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Each year the National Liberal Club in Westminster hosts a fundraising dinner for Liberal Democrat by-elections, named after one of the most famous of all: Orpington, seized from the Conservatives by the then Eric Lubbock in 1962. But last night&rsqu...
London Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conferene NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
With just two months to go to the UK’s parliamentary elections Liberal Democrats in the capital gathered at Southbank University this morning for a campaign lift-off featuring Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Justice Minister Simon Hughes.
Timmermans’ Convincing Case NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
It is frustrating that so much of the discussion about Britain’s relationship with the European Union is about the question “should we be in, or should we be out?” The Prime Minister, David Cameron, must shoulder some of the blame f...
The New Cold War NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 5 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
The murder in Moscow yesterday of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was a cruel reminder of just how far the values of Vladimir Putin’s Russia differ from the European mainstream. Many other critics of the Kremlin — not least journalist...
MPs for Hire NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Channel 4’s sting operation that entrapped Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind has yet again highlighted the dangers posed to Britain’s parliamentary democracy by the temptations of cash for questions or of lucrative consultancies. Both me...
Tangerines or the Children of Death NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Abkhazia is, I suspect, a name most Europeans half remember half forget: a breakaway region of Georgia that has been effectively annexed by Russia (despite an internationally spurious declaration of independence) with the consent of a significant pro...
Is the UKIP Balloon Deflating? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
According to an ICM national opinion poll in today’s Guardian, UKIP (on 9%) has fallen behind the Liberal Democrats (on 10%) for the first time in a long while, Of course one must not make too much of one individual poll, especially as this may...
An Historic Moment for the Kurds? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Thousands of Kurds from across Europe gathered in Strasbourg this afternoon for a rally by the city’s stadium. As one of their foreign guests I gave the following short speech in English, simultaneously translated into Kurdish: We are gathered...
Kurds Petition for Abdullah Ocalan’s Release NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 36 Minutes ago
Kurds from all over Europe — including many who had matched long distances — converged in Strasbourg today to mark the handover to the Council of Europe of a petition signed by more than 10 million people calling for the release of Abdull...
Sargent’s Portraits of Artists and Friends NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours ago
The American artist John Singer Sargent was often dismissed in the latter half of the 20th century as a darling of high society who was commissioned to produce sumptuous portraits of the rich and famous. In recent years, the critical appraisal has te...
The Theory of Everything NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
When a film is tipped for the Oscars I often go to see it with a sense of dread that it won’t be as good as the critics say. And I confess that theoretical physics is about as far away from my comfort zone of interests as anything could be. So...
Two Feisty LibDem Women for Tower Hamlets! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
This evening Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrat members gathered at Oxford House in Bethnal Green to choose our two candidates for the general election in May, for the constituencies of Poplar & Limehouse (which I fought in 2010) and Bethnal Green &a...
UK Misses the EU Boat — Again! NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande are in Kiev today and tomorrow will move on to Moscow — all in aid of trying to mediate a peace deal between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels on Eastern Ukraine. They are to be congratulated...
London 4 Europe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 23 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
London is without doubt Europe’s premier city, as well as being one of a handful of truly global cities. Its population has now topped 8.6 million and a third of the inhabitants were not even born in the UK, let alone in London. Immigration has...
Keep up the Pressure to Free Al Jazeera Journalists NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 39 Minutes ago
It is great news that for once the rumours proved to be true and that Peter Greste, an Australian former colleague of mine at the BBC, currently employed by Al Jazeera, has indeed been released after 400 days in a Cairo jail. He is now returning home...
Donizetti and Dementia NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Dementia is a growing problem in the UK as the population grows older, but at least there is a growing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and of their carers. It affects people from all walks of life, even the affluent burghers of May...
Holocaust Memorial Day NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 11 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...