Brian Snyder/Reuters By Tom Arms Free Trade has its upside and its downside. It is also emerging as one of the top issues in the Trump-Clinton tussle. The Donald is ‘agin’ it and Hillary is ‘fer’ it.
By Tom Arms It’s as if Brexit was a loose thread in the complex political tapestry of the European Union. The Eurosceptics worked Britain loose and are now pulling with all their might on the rest of the fabric.
Rodi Said/Reuters By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.
Reuters photo By Tom Arms Bye bye Kurds. That is the realpolitik message expected to be issued soon by the White House to one of the world’s saddest nationalities. It may not be as explicit as that, but the meaning will be clear.
Yuri Cortez/AFP By Tom Arms For a few short hours on Wednesday Enrique Pena Nieto was NOT the most unpopular man in Mexico. During that brief window the mantle was happily shouldered by presidential wannabee Donald Trump.
Martin Rickett/PA By Tom Arms A society is judged by its treatment of those less able than the accepted norm. Rio, you have been judged lacking. I am not talking about green diving pools or empty Olympic stadium seats. All those issues pale into insignifcance compared to your plans for the staging of the […]
By Tom Arms It’s Thursday night. The votes are being counted as I am pressing tired fingers to a worn keyboard. As soon as I finish I am rushing off to Wandsworth Town Hall to find out if my wife Eileen has been elected to our local council. Up until the 23rd of June, ex-US […]
AP photo By Tom Arms “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I can remember so clearly the playground chant across the years. It was total rubbish. It was total rubbish when I was seven and it is still total rubbish years later.
Reuters photo By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.
Ben Curtis/AP By Tom Arms ANC dominance of South Africa looks set to begin to end on the 3rd of August. And that will be a good thing.
Bill Pugliano By Tom Arms So much of diplomacy is common sense. You make a promise. You keep it. That is a simple and easily understandable rule of life. You break the promise and you suffer the consequences.
By Tom Arms I am an immigrant. I emigrated from the United States to the United Kingdom on the 12th of December 1971.
EPA photo By Tom Arms Lies and democracy don’t mix. Also unacceptable in political recipes in the democratic pot are half-truths, misinformation, disinformation, distortions or any attempt to be economical with the truth.
Jack Taylor By Tom Arms BREXIT has plunged the land of the Bard into a Shakespearean tragedy. Or to be more accurate, it has plunged it into overlapping tragedies which have left the British ship of state without a helmsman and drifting rudderless into dangerous financial and political waters.
By Tom Arms It looks like Marx was right. The world revolution will start in Britain. It started on Thursday.
By Tom Arms Next Thursday and Friday are BIG news days. Allow me to reinforce that through repetition. Next Thursday and Friday are BIG news days. The tail end of the next working week could go down as a historic watershed. At 7am the British electorate will start marching to polling stations to vote whether […]
Chris McGrath By Tom Arms The EU-Turkey deal on Syrian refugees is hanging by a thread. If the thread breaks there could be far-reaching consequences for the refugees, the future of the European Union and the future direction of Turkey.
By Tom Arms The troops are lining up for the battle of the theme parks in China. On one side are Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Co. On the other are a battalion of dragons and 4,000 years of civilisation.
Carolyn Kaster/AP By Tom Arms It has taken 41 years. But Vietnam has finally completed the long journey from arch villain to American proxy. The final catalyst for this transformation? The South China Sea and the competing claims of China and Vietnam for these 2.2 million square miles of strategic maritime real estate.
By Tom Arms I call it megaphone politics of the deaf. Its methodology is quite simple: Opposing sides, shout at each other without listening to a word that the other is saying. They accompany their bellowing with a host of gross exaggerations, outright lies and sometimes physical brawling.
By Tom Arms Gibraltarians are happy people. They should be. The Rock is the second most prosperous territory in the EU. The economy is growing at an astonishing ten percent a year and has been for some time. Unemployment is less than half of one percent.
By Tom Arms Sadiq Khan. Remember the name. You will hear it again quite soon–and a lot more often. Sadiq – as he is known in Britain– is the Labour candidate for the job of Mayor of London. He is also way ahead in the opinion polls for the elections next Thursday.
C. Robert Harmon By Tom Arms Alan Turing and Oscar Wilde are dancing a jig somewhere in the hereafter. These historical icons of the British gay community were outrageously persecuted by the British Establishment during their lifetimes.
REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz By Tom Arms Germany is in the throes of a bad taste debate. Actually it is a real live, honest to God freedom of speech row with potentially far-reaching international repercussions. But the spark that lit this bonfire was an extreme case of extremely bad taste.
By Tom Arms Hypocrisy. That is the most damning charge that can be laid at the feet of the world leaders implicated in the Panama tax haven scandal.
By Tom Arms I propose a statute of limitations on national guilt. My proposal is prompted by the diktat from the politically correct academics of Australia’s University of New South Wales. They have told students that henceforth they should refer to the British involvement in Australia as an invasion, occupation and colonisation.
By Tom Arms Assad Shah was a popular man. People popped into his open-all-hours Glasgow shop for a chat as often as they did for a carton of milk.
By Tom Arms Brussels was devastating. So was Paris, London, Madrid and of course the horrific destruction of the soaring twin towers of New York. Now just think how much more worse it would have been if the suicidal religious fanatics had a nuclear bomb.
By Tom Arms Power Credibility. That’s what Putin has. He has clearly established it in Syria.