Lorna Fitzsimons

Hate - The Evil Within

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

Hate crimes are crimes against all of us, as we could be victim. Hate is blind and we don't have the luxury of thinking that it doesn't affect us.

An Idea Fit for a Golden Jubilee

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

Like most parents I worry about what the world will be like for my son when he is older and I am gone.

We Need to Talk About Bibi

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

Cathartic it may be, but as long as our analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains in this form of arrested development, childishly blaming Bibi for all ills, it only masks the deeper problems and perpetuates a danger for us all - that we learn no lessons and so heighten the probability of making further mistakes. And that none of us can afford.

Syria: The International Toolbox is Perilously Empty

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

Thinking about Syria and reading the commentary about whether anything can be done I am reminded that the biggest lesson I have learnt as an MP and as CEO of BICOM is this: as an international community we constantly overestimate what we can achieve.

Iran Through the Optics of Iraq

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 23.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

It is difficult not to see the looming crisis on Iran through any other optics other than our experience in Iraq. So much of the commentary on the left is falling into this trap.

Why my Grandmother Would Agree With David Miliband

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

One of Labour's historic achievements was the creation of the welfare state. But we can't run away from the fact that the law of unintended consequences got to work, and we ended up with a dependency culture rather than a responsibility culture.

Bread, Circuses and Stephen Hester

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

I shed no tears for Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland. But Hester's public humiliation - and, though the two individuals are very different, also that of Sir-no-more Fred Goodwin - was nothing but a modern-day version of the Roman games.

Hamas: Wishful Thinking is No Basis for Policy Making

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

We should monitor Hamas and encourage those who seek to push the organisation in a new direction. All policy makers should remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Women, the Islamist Moment and Us

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

We need to face some depressing facts about the Arab Spring and develop a robust policy response. While the Arab Spring has opened up opportunities for women in the long-term, in the short-term the google-generation has - for now, at least - been pushed aside by the hard men of the military and the long-established Islamist parties.

The Peace Process: Three New Year's Resolutions

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

The New Year is no time for cynicism. It is a time for thinking creatively about how to helping to bring the parties together in direct negotiations and for sustaining the regional environment that can help keep them there.

The European Project Can’t be Achieved Against the Will of the People

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

The European Union matters deeply but the people of Europe do not want federalism. Not yet, anyway. The beginning of political wisdom is to respect that, back off, listen to the people, and build the Europe they do want, from the bottom up. What is at stake is much more than the European project; it is the credibility and principle of democracy itself.

Israeli Democracy: Time to Tamp Down the Crisis Talk

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

Permanent vigilance about the health of our democracies is the only guarantee of their survival. Across the political spectrum leading Israeli politicians and commentators are expressing concern at controversial Knesset legislation widely seen as illiberal or anti-democratic.