Theresa May’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq, at the end of November, highlighted the continuing decline of influence in Britain’s foreign policy… The nostalgia and myth making that characterises the pro-Brexit case spreads its ephemera all over the Tory government’s international endeavours.
The clock is ticking towards catastrophic climate change – the world has started moving forward, but the West needs to do more and faster.
By Ruby Cooper
The world has started moving forward in the fight to stop climate change. However the pace of progress is still not fast enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.
Notes from the front of 13-12-2017
Trump’s shift on Israel’s capital – widely condemned
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel represents a significant shift in US foreign policy. It is a violation of international law which recognises East Jerusalem is Palestinian territory that is has been under illegal Israeli occupation since 1967. It is a sharp departure from the internationally recognised basis for a two state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
By Mark Buckley
The complete humiliation of the Tory Brexit negotiators has been greeted with wild claims that Theresa May achieved a stunning victory. Any more ‘victories’ like this and the UK will be passing rapidly from a second-tier power to a fourth-rate one.
Notes from the front of 29-11-2017
Tories cannot ignore Irish border question
The Tory government’s feigned shock and surprise that the issue of the Irish border remains a sticking-point in the Brexit negotiations is entirely fake. They have been repeatedly warned that it was one of the three key issues that need to be resolved, along with the reciprocal rights of EU and UK nationals as well as the ‘divorce bill’.