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Published by The Independent (26th January, 2015)
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Published by The Mail on Sunday (25th January, 2015) An explosive row has erupted between diplomats and Ministers over their reluctance to help a British man on death row in Ethiopia. A series of extraordinary emails, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, reveal officials’ increasing frustration at political inaction over Andargachew Tsege. Tsege, 59, a […]Blundering, bloated and biased – the NHS watchdog not fit for purpose
Published by The Daily Mail (20th January, 2015) Britain’s health service is much too important to be treated as a political football. Indeed, last year I wrote an article expressing such concerns and suggesting that MPs should focus on finding ways to save this sickly institution, which was struggling to survive amid fast-rising demand and costs. […]Why the shocking price of Swiss cheese and skiing means the euro is heading for disaster
Published by The Mail on Sunday (18th January, 2015) Yesterday, in a McDonald’s in Switzerland, I saw people paying nearly £8 for a Big Mac and fries. For anyone unfamiliar with their prices, that’s more than double the cost of the same meal in the UK: £3.88. The ten-minute taxi ride to get from my […]A change of fortune for Nigeria’s president?
Published by The Independent (17th January, 2015) Lawrence Ebele Jonathan was a canoe-maker, struggling to survive in the Delta region of southern Nigeria. Yet despite his humble background he claimed to have instinctively known that, when his son arrived in late November 1957, the child had destiny and fortune on his side. “I just said to […]Politicians in thrall to mentality of the mob
Published by The Independent (12th January, 2015) Just over four years ago in the United States there was a firestorm of protest over the suggestion a prominent quarterback named Michael Vick might return to top-flight American football after serving a prison sentence for dog-fighting. Critics fumed that he could not return to such prominence after […]A vision that could save the NHS
Published by The Daily Mail (9th January, 2012) At the heart of the decision to let the first private firm manage an NHS hospital was the sensible idea that doctors and nurses should run the service – not bureaucrats. It was meant to be a model for how medical services could be improved for patients […]The heartbeat of South Africa
Published by High Life (8th January, 2015) As we drive into Ivory Park, the sprawling township that clings to rolling hills on the edge of Johannesburg, Aero Manyelo asks to stop the car. ‘Look at those shacks,’ he says, pointing to a shabby collection of homes built from wood, plastic sheets and corrugated iron. ‘That […]Yes, the NHS is creaking but Labour’s cynical hypocrisy is sickening
Published by The Daily Mail (7th January, 2015) With headlines screaming that the NHS is in meltdown, a plethora of English hospitals have suddenly declared ‘major incidents’, unable to cope with the influx of patients swamping accident and emergency wards. There are reports of hospitals shutting doors to paramedics, and desperate patients waiting more than […]Can we face the truth about the NHS?
Published by The Independent (5th January, 2015) Books about brain surgery are not usually best-sellers. But when the newspapers did their annual Christmas round-ups for readers, I noticed one book on this esoteric subject being repeatedly mentioned by critics and celebrities. So I bought Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm, devoured it in two days and […]One refugee’s tale of hope from misery
Published by The Observer (4th January, 2014) A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg (Jonathan Cape) Asad Abdullahi was eight years old when he awoke one day to find his mother pressed up against the door, peering nervously through the cracks. He joined her and saw five armed militiamen in their front yard, who […]A Tory-Labour unity coalition may be the only way forward
Published by The Guardian (3rd January, 2014) In the 1929 general election, Labour won 37% of the vote and became the biggest party in the House of Commons, but without an overall majority. Ramsay MacDonald cobbled together a minority government with Liberal support, including the first female cabinet minister, but he then struggled to control […]Living in the shadow of the Wall
Published by The Daily Mail (2nd January, 2015) Born in the GDR by Hester Vaizey (OUP Oxford) As the daughter of a Protestant vicar brought up in East Germany, Katharina was treated as an outcast at school. Teachers would taunt her if she gave incorrect answers — and once, when she refused to remove a […]My hero of 2014 sacrificed herself to save countless others
Published by The Independent (29th December, 2014) News is by nature a grim business, the most terrible and tragic tales dominating headlines and squeezing out the humdrum humanity that is reality for most people on our planet. From Syria to Sierra Leone, from Gaza to Ukraine, the past 12 months have seen more than their […]Has ‘Teflon Nigel’ become unstuck at last?
Published by The Mail on Sunday (21st December, 2014) Nigel Farage is a cheerful fellow, the sort who no doubt enjoys the festive season, cracking jokes at parties with a pint of ale in hand. But even he must wonder whether he should have given his rivals so many gifts in recent days with a series of […]Message written in blood shows weakness of Taliban
Published by The Daily Mail (16th December, 2014) At first staff thought it was just children playing a boisterous game, for as older pupils sat exams on the upper floor a party was being held for younger classes. But then they saw the armed gunmen, the blood and the bodies. The Taliban murderers picked their […]Inside the migrant jails of Fortress Europe
Published by al-Jazeera (16th December, 2014) Travelling around Libya in those days when pictures of a preening Muammar Gaddafi loomed over every public place, I came across some Nigerians sitting disconsolately in the shade of a building site. We were in a town on the fringe of the Sahara, the fierce desert heat was pummeling […]Politicians blame immigrants for their own mistakes
Published by The Independent (15th December, 2014) Myths and mantras are swirling around the increasingly-toxic immigration debate as mainstream parties flounder in the face of Ukip’s insurgency. These include the old favourite that no-one is ever allowed to discuss the issue due to political correctness, when papers and political discourse have been swamped by the […]Foreign aid millions helped Iran hang 3000 people – including women and children
Published by The Mail on Sunday (14th December, 2014) British aid has assisted the brutal execution of nearly 3,000 people accused of drug smuggling in Iran, according to a report to be released this week. The campaign group Reprieve says millions of pounds from British taxpayers can be linked to ‘control’ operations and hangings carried […]‘I was waterboarded by British special forces’
Published by The Mail on Sunday (14th December, 2014) A Pakistani man suing the Government for damages has detailed a horrific catalogue of abuse and torture he claims to have suffered at the hands of British troops before they handed him over to US interrogators. Yunus Rahmatullah, released without charge by the United States in […]I’ll reveal how MI6 gave me to Gaddafi’s thugs
Published by The Mail on Sunday (14th December, 2014) A Libyan dissident kidnapped by US forces with the help of MI6 and delivered, along with his pregnant wife, to Muammar Gaddafi’s torturers says he will press ahead with a court case that threatens to reveal the full extent of British complicity with CIA abuse of […]