Denis MacShane
Denis MacShane is a former Labour MP for Rotherham and Europe Minister

Entries by Denis MacShane

A Good Man Not in Tune With His Times

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2015 | (17:42)

Michael Meacher was proof that in politics - as in sex - timing is everything.

A clever, intellectual, inquiring, methodical mind allied to one of the most least self-aggrandizing personalities, despite clear ability and ambition, in the Labour ranks in the Commons, Meacher never quite got into alignment with the...

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Has Peter Kellner Changed His Mind on Brexit?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 September 2015 | (11:51)

For as long as I can remember, Peter Kellner, a man I like, respect, admire and consider a friend for more than 30 years has been telling me that my fears over Brexit were unfounded. Peter, like myself, believes that Britain isolating itself from Europe would be a historic error...

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Will the Left Lead Us Out of Europe?

(2) Comments | Posted 31 July 2015 | (11:13)

One of the conventional wisdoms since the great changeover on British political attitudes toward Europe 25 years ago when Labour became the party of Europe just as the Conservatives set off in the opposite direction is that the Labour Yes to EU vote in the forthcoming referendum is in the...

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Why the Chilcot Inquiry Won't Satisfy Us

(2) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (08:36)

Will 2015 finally see the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war? Certainly not this side of the election it now seems. Why is it taking so long? 100,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed or wounded in the disastrous Dardanelles campaign in 1915 compared to 179 in...

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Cameron Gets Tough With a Pick-Up Artist, But Not Putin's Put-to-Death Artists

(3) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (23:00)

In a show of strength and leadership British Ministers have taken tough action against someone who is clearly a major threat to British national interests. The government has imposed a ban on entering into Britain of an American called Julien Blanc. But as he gets tough with a fellow citizen...

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Churchill Howlers From Boris

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (13:39)

Describing Churchill's multi-volume history of the first world war produced in the 1920s, his fellow Tory cabinet minister, Samuel Hoare said, 'Winston has written an enormous book all about himself and called it "The World Crisis"'. Boris Johnson's new biography of Winston Churchill - The Churchill Factor. How One Man...

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Beware the Loyalty of Latvian Eurosceps

(2) Comments | Posted 17 October 2014 | (09:14)

Latvian MEPs have always caused problem for British politics. The decision of Iveta Grigule to quit the group set up by Nigel Farage means it has had to dissolve itself leaving Ukip MEPs floating around the European Parliament like lost souls. They are without the chance of presiding committees, leading...

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Calling Islamists 'Deranged and Deluded' Avoids the Real Issue

(11) Comments | Posted 22 August 2014 | (16:51)

Is the choice of words over the slaying of James Foley by a British Islamist really helpful? The normally sober Financial Times today has an op-ed where the IS Islamists killers are called 'disturbed, deluded and deranged' before the author turns of his adjectival tsunami to express his (and our)...

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Why Roy Hattersley Is Last of a Kind

(4) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (12:53)

Peter Hennessey has been carrying out a fascinating series of interviews on Radio 4 with veteran politicians like John Major and Roy Hattersley.

It is unlikely we will see their like again as the role and make-up of MPs is changing faster than ever before in Parliament's...

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Warsi Represents Something Cameron Has Never Understood

(5) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (09:01)

The conventional Westminster bubble accounts of Sayeeda Warsi quitting the government rely on unpleasant Tory spin questioning her motives.

In fact there is a much richer Warsi story to be written about the multiple complexities of the British Muslim communities - the plural is important - which cannot be reduced...

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Cameron Telling Porkies Over UK Accepting Paris Veto on Patten as Commission President

(3) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (08:38)

Over the weekend the official 10 Downing Street press machine told political editors that in 2004 the UK proposed Chris Patten as EU Commission President and when France objected Britain gracefully gave way.

Here is the statement as sent out:

"The Prime Minister will...

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David Cameron's Euro Chutzpah

(1) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (11:53)

There is a magnificent Yiddish word - chutzpah - to describe an abuse of truth so brazen that people almost believe the speaker.

The English prime minister is offering Europe a spectacle of chutzpah which takes the breath away.

In a series of article in European papers...

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The Unwanted European Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (11:00)

I am not Indian but this week I can vote in the world's biggest election in terms of voters - other than in India. The European Parliament is here to stay. Yes it needs reform. Yes, national parliaments need to be involved in EU law-making but those dreaming of abolishing...

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France's Tony Blair Takes Over

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (10:39)

The new French prime minister Manuel Valls, has a fatal attraction. The European politicians he always talks about as the one he most admires is Tony Blair. Not the Blair of the Iraq war who remains a contested figure on the French and wider European democratic left but the Tony...

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Miliband Stakes All on Saying No to an EU Referendum

(1) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (10:28)

Alea iacta est. In a move of remarkable political courage Ed Miliband, the Labour Party leader, will fight the 2015 election as well as the May 2014 European election opposed to Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of an In-Out referendum in 2017.

If Mr Miliband becomes the Prime Minister he...

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Why Does Germany Say No to Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (08:42)

When will Germany say Yes to something? 30 years ago the fashionable button to sport as an engaged German citizen said "Nuclear. Nein danke." Now Germans have turned "Just Say Nein" into a political philosophy which is having a profound impact on the rest of Europe.

Munich has just said...

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Rock of Ages

(21) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (00:00)

It was the wily old British prime minister, Jim Callaghan, who got Gibraltar right. Discussing the problem with his Spanish opposite number soon after Franco's death, Callgahan said: "You know, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Exactly the same dictum exists in Spanish but as the 50th...

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What Cameron Sows in Europe He Reaps

(9) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (13:54)

Whether or not the new chief whip, Sir George Young, can persuade eurosceptic MPs to vote for more EU spending on Wednesday is a minor question of parliamentary power plays.

What counts is that the 15-year long campaign against Europe initiated by William Hague when he became...

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It's Time to Give Some Prisoners the Right to Vote

(10) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (12:22)

The government is right to suggest some compromise on the issue of prisoners' voting rights and sensible MPs should support this. However this won't happen for three reasons. The Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Sun. Our off-shore owned populist press now has more sway on public policy than...

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The Nobel Peace Prize Committee Likes to Stir Up Trouble, but the EU has Done Well

(10) Comments | Posted 12 October 2012 | (12:21)

It is such a shame that Twitter has no colour definition for its tweets. The news that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee has awarded the 2012 prize to the European Union is turning the Europhobe community puce with rage.

To read the torrent of abuse pouring on the heads...

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