What does France’s recognition mean for the Syrian coalition?

This post was originally published at Your Middle East. A ruthless dictator, failed negotiations and a fragmented and disjointed opposition have plagued the ongoing crisis in Syria. Learning from mistakes made in Libya, stronger efforts must be made to bring the different rebel groups together in order to strengthen the opposition. Rebel groups in Libya were, … Continue reading

Rationalising the irrational: A step-by-step guide

Ever wondered what kind of rationale goes behind the policy-making decisions executed by the coalition government? Well look no further. Here is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to devise and execute a sound security policy. Step 1 Fear. Without it your security policy will mean nothing. How will the general public accept your plans … Continue reading

Big Society Capital launch

David Cameron announced his latest Big Society re-launch today: Big Society Capital. The £600m fund (financed by dormant bank accounts and high street banks) will serve as a fund for local charities and the now largely defunct Big Society idea. What dangers could this fund pose to charities and local social associations? In one word: … Continue reading

Not so pure and simple: What the riot report tells us

The latest report on the riots published by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel reveals nothing new. The main points made about bad parenting, lack of social access, the issue of police, communication and the role of schools are not new ideas, but perhaps the publicity that this report has received will finally make the … Continue reading

The decline of the politician: What we can learn from Cash for Cameron

British politics at the moment is in a complete state of disarray. I often don’t know whether to collapse laughing or cry endlessly whilst ripping my hair out. It’s not just about the cuts to our system being generously dished out by the coalition government, or the unceremonious stripping of our NHS, or the botched … Continue reading

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