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Nigel Jones at the NLC NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Days, 6 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
To most Liberal Democrats the name Nigel Jones means the former LibDem MP for Cheltenham and latterly Peer. But this lunchtime, thanks to the Kettner lunch club, another Nigel Jones spoke in the David Lloyd George room: the writer, broadcaster and hi...
The 2014 Diplomat of the Year Awards NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 38 Minutes ago
For several years Diplomat Magazine in London has hosted an annual awards ceremony at which members of the diplomatic corps get to laud those of their number deemed worthy of special praise. This year, once more, the event was hosted by the Langham H...
BBC Sunday Politics Euro-debate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Days, 14 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Yesterday afternoon BBC1 hosted a debate between lead candidates in the European elections: Syed Kamall MEP (Conservative), Richard Howitt MEP (Labour), Sarah Ludford MEP (LibDem) and Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP). It was rather odd of UKIP not to fie...
We Mustn’t Take Peace for Granted NEW
Jonathan Fryer 6 Days, 3 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
In this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War many minds have been turning to the issues of war and peace, and when I make speeches at hustings or rallies in the current European election campaign I always make the point that the foun...
What Next in Ukraine? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The Global Strategy Forum can hardly have realised just how topical today’s lunchtime event at the National Liberal Club would be by focusing on “Crisis in Ukraine, Crisis in Russian-Western Relations: What Next?”. There was an inte...
Electrical Safety First NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 4 Days, 38 Minutes ago
One of the joys of be a European politician — at least, from my point of view — is that almost daily one is confronted with an issue that deserves careful study and sometimes a practical or even legislative response. So I was particularly...
Parallel Lines NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
So much has been written about the Holocaust that one might be forgiven in thinking that nothing new could be said about that monstrous period of inhumanity. But every so often a book comes along that proves that the last word has not been spoken. Su...
The Second Nick versus Nigel IN/OUT Debate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 31 Minutes ago
This evening saw Round 2 of the Nick Clegg-Nigel Farage IN/OUT debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union, this time hosted by BBC2 and that evergreen fixture of BBC political programmes, David Dimbleby. I made a short speech at the...
Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
This Saturday Afghans will go to the polls to elect a new President to replace Hamid Karzai. As NATO troops are also being wound down it’s an opportune moment to examine whether Western intervention in Afghanistan has achieved its intentions. A...
London Shows Its European Colours NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
One should never read too much into one opinion poll, but the YouGov figures researched for the Sunday Times today are a shot in the arm for pro-Europeans in London. They show that the capital’s voters are quite distinct from those in most of t...
A Day for Celebration NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
At one minute past midnight last night the first same-sex marriages took place in England and Wales and today the sun is shining on many such ceremonies. What a long way this country has come since 1967, when Home Secretary Roy Jenkins oversaw the de...
Censorship by Satellite Jamming NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Yesterday I attended a seminar organised by Middle East Monitor on satellite jamming — the how and the why and some thoughts about how to overcome it. The day was particularly focused on Egypt and how both Hosni Mubarak and the current interim...
Newroz in Finsbury Park NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
This afternoon I stood in bright sunshine on a stage in London’s Finsbury Park, speaking to a crowd of several thousand Kurds, to mark the festival of Newroz. In traditional Kurdish villages, people would jump over a fire at Newroz, but as I sa...
Ukraine and the EU’s CFSP NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Over the past few weeks I have been commenting regularly on developments in Ukraine/Crimea for an Arab TV channel, Al Etejah*. And while much of the attention rightly has been on Russia and what exactly Vladimir Putin has in mind from day to day, one...
Has Erdogan Finally Lost the Plot? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Minutes ago
This evening the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan closed down twitter in his country, having previously warned he might do so. As a longstanding friend of Turkey I tear my hair out. There’s a saying in Britain that politicians go off...
Britain, Ireland and the EU NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 14 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
The Irish in London have been in a fairly frolicking mood these last few days — perhaps not surprising considering St. Patrick’s Day. But there is more to it than that. As the (relatively new) Irish Ambassador to the Court of St. James&rs...
Why I Stand up for Animals NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Liberal Democrat Euro-candidates have been urged by sitting MEPs not to sign pledges presented to them in the run-up to the European elections on 22 May — and given the tuition fees pledge fiasco after the 2010 general election the caution is u...
Russia’s UN Veto over Crimea NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
At the UN Security Council in New York Russia has vetoed a resolution denouncing tomorrow’s planned referendum in Crimea. China abstained. But the clear majority view within the international community is that the referendum is illegitimate and...
The Madness of July NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The madness of July is that often hysterical period in the heat of mid-summer when political tempers are frayed and governments seem to be falling apart, before every one goes off for their August holidays to recover. But as the central figure in Jam...
The Liberal Democrats’ IN-OUT Gamble NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 3 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The message at the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference in York at the weekend could not have been clearer: the LibDems are the Party of IN — the EU, that is. For those of us who have suffered bruising past European election campaigns, in...