Voting Brexit with a heavy heart

Thomas Jefferson once said “eternal vigilance is the prize of liberty” where citizens and not just the powerful are required to seek the truth to be free.   29 June 2016 To the outside world, it must look as though Britain is imploding: exiting the European Union, David Cameron now a lame duck prime minister…

New Leader of the Free World

Letter to my American Family 18.11.2016 Ever since that awful night last week, it’s been on my mind to send my condolences to my American family.  I stayed up till almost 2am to watch history in the making – a woman leading the free world – but sadly it was not to be.  By then,…

An Establishment Apology on Brexit

My Newspaper Article of the Year  27.1.2017 Often regarded at home and abroad as one of Britain’s leading historians, Niall Ferguson, a Stanford University professor and a regular columnist in the Sunday Times wrote this header on 11 December 2016: “Sorry I was wrong to fight Brexit to keep my friends in No. 10 and…

Philip Roth’s Take on Trump

Destitute of all Decency In an interview with the New Yorker this week, Philip Roth compares the premise of his book,  “The Plot Against America” with current political activities emanating from the White House in the wake of Trump’s installation as President.  In the plot in Roth’s book published in 2004, “victory upends not only…

Mothering not Smothering

“Mum, that’s not mothering, it’s smothering”,  that’s what my nineteen year old son said to me recently.  Without question I have been a protective mother but living in suburban London I would be deemed negligent if I wasn’t especially when they were young.  It’s so easy to be critical of other people’s parenting methods but…

Trump

During the Presidential campaign Trump’s critics and the Press took him literally but not seriously but those who voted for him took him seriously but not literally.   So say the commentators today in the wake of his shock win and imminent inauguration. That statement does not need much unpicking but it powerfully explains the…

Don’t blame Globalisation

The backlash in the West against globalisation is misplaced.  Globalisation and the free movement of goods, services and people is not new, it’s existed for centuries and it worked in our favour when we we part of an Empire but in the last decade or two it has benefitted the East to our detriment.  …