Monthly Archives: May 2015

Guns don’t kill people – everything does

Last Tuesday (26th May) a group of armed men stormed a session of one of Libya’s two powerless Parliaments. Shortly afterwards, that Parliament’s Prime Minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, was fired on while he travelled by car through the city of Tobruk. It is unclear whether the same people were responsible for both attacks. 0

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Reputation and Confrontation

Last time, we took a look at the UK government’s refusal to consider saving lives in the Mediterranean a priority, and its proposed alternatives to it. In this blog, I propose to suggest how it has arrived at this inhumane and uninspired position and – if not explicitly – make a plea that it might change its outlook before making a costly, unreasonable, dangerous and cruel mistake. 0

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A Minority of One: Adventures in Foreign Policy

Foreign policy isn’t easy. One cannot always predict with accuracy the outcome of a decision made in Whitehall or Brussels, and we should not be too quick to judge people’s failings – even if drafting and enacting sensible policy is their only job, for which they are paid handsomely. Having said that, the least we should expect from our elected representatives is that they should avoid the obviously ridiculous – policies which are not just … Continue reading

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Public Relations, or ‘How to win hearts and minds the easy way’

One of the two illegitimate governments of Libya has signed a one-year PR deal with a political lobbying firm based in Washington DC. The Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) government, which is recognised internationally, but was earlier this year declared illegitimate by Libya’s highest legal body, the Supreme Court* has appointed Qorvis MSLGROUP to ‘provide strategic advice and assistance on public relations issues’ at a cost of US$1m. 1+

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