Sir Christopher Meyer

Juncker's Revenge

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

David Cameron has the political luxury of not having to answer the toxic question: if not Juncker, who? Unlike John Major, he can luxuriate indefinitely in the plaudits of eurosceptic MPs and newspapers, with Ukip confounded and Labour wrong-footed.

A Shadow of War Over Europe

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

Make no mistake - the Cold War is back. As with the first Cold War the main task is to ensure that it does not turn hot. Paradoxically, the way to achieve that is for NATO, with all the clarity it can muster, to tell Putin that a move against the Baltic states would be met by military retaliation. It is the message that should come out of the crisis summit which president Obama has called for next week. It's scary, but Putin, like so many of his predecessors, understands all too well the language of force.

Leveson and Britain's International Humiliation

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

It could hardly be worse. The system of press regulation cobbled together by the Coalition and opposition in the wee small hours on Monday is, to borrow the Leveson jargon, neither voluntary, nor independent, nor self-regulation... to the eternal shame of parliament, we have ended up with a political concoction based on a single judge's recommendations, which may lead to the courts telling editors what to put in their publications. That noise you hear is the applause of dictators around the world.

'More Evangelical Than The American Christian Right'

PA | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Politics

Tony Blair effectively subcontracted the decision to invade Iraq to former United States president George Bush, according to a former senior diplomat....

Divine Intervention and the US Elections

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

On the eve of the US presidential elections, plenty of Democrats in this deeply religious country will have seen Hurricane Sandy as a sign from heaven that God backs Obama.

More Royal Lessons for Leveson

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK
Sir Christopher Meyer

But, what about the internet, I hear you cry? Kate's topless photos have shot around the world. Doesn't this make an utter nonsense of press regulation, statutory or non-statutory? And isn't it unfair to put newspapers, already in a dodgy financial state, at a commercial disadvantage by not being able to publish content widely available online? There are no easy answers. But, unless you want to dispense with regulation altogether, to give newspapers an automatic right to reproduce anything they fancy from the internet surely cannot be justified.

The Sitting Tenant From Hell

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

Given Ecuador's hyperbole, you might think that British gunboats were sailing even now towards Guayaquil. But, the diplomatic note that our man in Quito left with the Ecuadorean Foreign Ministry earlier this week was a model of moderation.

'Julian Assange Will Be In The Ecuadorian Embassy For Eternity'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 16.08.2012 | UK

Ecuador has backed itself into a corner over the decision to grant Julian Assange political asylum, the UK's former ambassador to America has said. ...

Tired of London, Tired of Life

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

Our economic troubles have been going on for almost half a decade, with no end in sight. They are the worst crisis to hit Britain since the Second World War. Then we suspended party politics and created a government of national unity. Is it too much to ask that our politicians might do the same today? Is it too much to ask that they should practise what they preach, allow themselves to be suffused with the Olympic spirit, and come together to pull the nation out of its slough of economic despond?

Ned Simons

On The Run And Caught In The Headlights - How The Leveson Inquiry Backfired On David Cameron

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK Politics

"Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run," David Cameron said to Rebekah Brooks, after ...

God and the American Elections

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

Politics provides one of the most vivid and telling measures of how wide the Atlantic really is. It is not just that the point of gravity in America is so much further to the right, such that David Cameron would be considered by many Americans as 'socialistic' just for his support of the National Health Service. It is that ideas and beliefs that would be thought daft in Britain are part of mainstream discourse in the US.

Cameron in Europe: The Return of Pavlov's Dog

Sir Christopher Meyer | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics
Sir Christopher Meyer

"Cameron isolated!" screamed the headlines in the morning's press on the eve of yet another 'make-or-break' European summit. You can almost hear the licking of lips and the smacking of chops as the hacks head to Brussels for the gunfight at the EU Corral.