27 Jun 2013
June 27, 2013

Dumb and Dumber

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I have done my fair share of stupid things, obv. Generally, though, when I’ve done something I’ve later regretted it’s been because I’ve acted impulsively. I guess I have this in common with a lot of other people: act in haste, repent at leisure. It takes a special  type of person, though, to actually give.. read more →

21 Jun 2013
June 21, 2013

The MoD and those pesky UFOs

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There’s a slew of stuff in the papers today about the eventual closure of the RAF’s ‘UFO’ desk.  Most of the copy is the funny stuff, folk being abducted and so forth. Then there’s some thoughts behind the occasional surge in reports from the public – the increased use of chinese lanterns and the movie.. read more →

A few years ago, in the good old days of Tony Blair, I was the Labour Party’s link man with sister parties across the world; particularly Turkey. I learned about the politics of Turkey by meeting with most of the senior players there on a regular basis. And while my main interest in Turkey today.. read more →

NB – I wrote the post below on Friday, before today’s (Sunday Times – paywall) news of Tim Yeo MP’s financial interests (all  declared and reported as £1m in pay and shares since 2010).  I’ve received half a dozen letters letters from constituents asking why I didn’t vote on Tuesday for Tim Yeo MP’s amendment on.. read more →

05 Jun 2013
June 5, 2013

The Bounty Hunters

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The United States ‘Rewards for Justice Programme’ has announced a $7m bounty for information leading to the capture of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist group leader Abubakar Shekau.  This is somewhat below the $25m offered for Al Qaeda leader Ayan al Zawahiri, and a few others at the $10m dollar mark, but it’s a lot of cash… read more →

A few quick points about Lobbyfrenzy. How do politicians inform ourselves about the things we have to vote on and make decisions about?  Well, we speak to people who know about the subjects. We don’t pretend those folk don’t have interests – anyone who tells you they don’t have an interest is likely a liar.. read more →

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) at the UK Houses of Parliament are formed by MPs and Peers with an interest in a particular country or subject.  Here’s the current list.  In general, the groups lobby for or about the thing which is on their name and some receive funding, usually to cover administration and some.. read more →