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Spoilt brats

Homage a Melanie Phllips (65), commentator. My father’s father – who, according to family mythology, was given the name Phillips because the immigration officer couldn’t pronounce his Polish name – would stand on the street corner every week in the often unrealised hope of being selected for work. [From her “Guardian Angel: My story, my […]

Quick wins

[George Joffe lecturing in Saudi Arabia in April 2016] Q63 [Crispin Blunt, Tory chairman] … Sticking with Libya, is it also a fact that there has been a lack of investment in our foreign policy apparatus, in the sense that we simply do not know what is happening on the ground? … [George Joffe, Kings […]

Charles Judson Harwood Jr (1942-2013)

I first heard of Charles Harwood two and a half years ago when I was researching the downing of Iran Air flight 655. Unknown to me, he was already dead at that point. He had a blog on NTL Inc was a cable television company. Barclay Knapp had set up CableTel in 1993 following […]


[=Therapeutic Use Exemptions, for those not up to speed] A decade ago I knew a professional footballer who had retired early to become a biotech entrepreneur. I remember asking him one day about fouls. There must have been a recent flurry of comment about fouling in the press. He explained that the morality of cheating […]

Jean-Claude Juncker

[Official photo of Jean-Claude Juncker at the European People’s Party Dublin Congress 2014] Let’s be clear about this. Luxembourg has a population of about half-a-million and an area of about 1,000 square miles. In other words, it is a kind of seriously underpopulated Greater London. Jean-Claude Juncker (62) was its prime minister (1995-2013). Since November […]