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Former diplomat 33+ yrs, fmr Ambassador. Resigned from FCO 2019 over Brexit lies. Trustee Eurasia Foundation & Europe Foundation Georgia; Free to speak at last
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Apr 26 8 tweets 4 min read
At a recent Ukraine fundraiser I was incredibly moved by the story of one American Special Forces veteran, who gave up his place at university to "answer the call" to support Ukr in its hour of need, alongside British and Estonian volunteers. Here is his message from the front.🧵 "Assisting Ukraine is not a question of what Americans should do, nor our political leaders or Generals. We should ask ourselves "what would a free man and woman do? I implore you to think less with your mind, and more with your heart and do what feels right"
Apr 18 7 tweets 2 min read
@chrisgreybrexit on top form dissecting corrosive impact of "long Brexit" on UK politics, economy, culture and society. It's not that all of our current problems are due to Brexit, or unique to UK, but that Brexit has either exacerbated them or made them harder to solve.🧵 The most tragic aspect, IMO, is the cultural alienation Brexit has spawned between its advocates and opponents. The latter have been so derided, cancelled, and treated with contempt, that many are disengaging altogether - incl some of the best educated, most talented people here.
Apr 18 9 tweets 2 min read
Thanks to @Laurence_in_EU for sharing this excellent article about "pathocracy" described as a system of government ‘wherein a small pathological minority takes control over a society of normal people’. 🧵thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-34/nove… "transition to pathocracy begins when a disordered individual emerges as a leader figure. While some are appalled by the brutality and irresponsibility of the leader and his acolytes, his disordered personality appeals to some psychologically normal individuals."
Apr 16 6 tweets 1 min read
Johnson obv thinks Rwanda refugee policy is political genius...guaranteed to stir outrage by "woke, liberal elites". But while it panders to anti immigrant base, has he considered it might also offend many trad Tory voters with humanitarian instincts? That said, I get that there needs to be a way to clampdown on people trafficking across channel, which is dangerous and exploitative. It's not racist to acknowledge that not all are legitimate asylum seekers, and there IS a migration issue to be addressed.
Apr 10 6 tweets 2 min read
I know this is feeble, and may annoy a lot of people. But I regret my tweets criticizing the videos from the PM's visit to Kyiv. I try to own my mistakes - and don't want to become what I dislike most - someone who becomes so warped by politics, that I can't see bigger picture.🧵 I am glad the PM went to Kyiv. I am glad we are giving so much support to Ukraine. I hope his visit inspires and encourages Ukrainians; helps counter Russian propoganda about the war; and generates further concrete support for Ukraine. That is what matters most.
Apr 4 5 tweets 1 min read
I’m all in favour of tough stance and more support to Ukraine, but still dislike thrust of this article, with its puffery about Johnson, and his plans to “tell” Scholz what to do

thetimes.co.uk/article/85edb9… I am genuinely pleased UK has given so much security support to Ukraine, but so hypocritical for our govt to be lecturing others on Russia given its association over the years. Perhaps Scholz should “tell” us to do more on refugees, or oligarchs’ money in UK?
Mar 31 5 tweets 2 min read
Wonderful article by @LauraLThornton about what is at stake in Ukr. As Zelensky said “Ukr'n people are defending not only Ukr” but “fighting for values of Eur and world.” Some of the best extracts below 🧵1/5 "At the core, Putin’s big fear is democracy, particularly at his doorstep. His brutal war not only aims to reclaim a sovereign democracy under his autocratic rule but also signals globally the strength of the authoritarian grip." 2/5
Mar 21 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m huge fan of @RhonddaBryant, but I’m deeply troubled by the FAC’s inquisition in this instance. Three reasons 🧵 One, I know Philip and Nigel, and believe both have integrity. I esp believe Nigel’s testimony about focusing his att’n on overall crisis management, and core tasks, meaning he’d not read every email. It was a crisis. But even in normal times, FCO email loads are excessive.
Mar 19 7 tweets 2 min read
What are the chances of a peace deal? My question is, who has more to win or lose by continuing to fight? 🧵
news.sky.com/story/ukraine-… IMO, Russia may eventually, through sheer brutality and firepower, be able to “win” the war tactically, in terms of actually holding more ground. But only at huge and escalating econ and pol cost. It has already lost the war strategically, internationally and morally.
Mar 14 11 tweets 3 min read
Does anyone else share my wracking sense of guilt
as I read these awful stories from Ukraine, then go about daily life as usual. It feels utterly wrong to turn pages to catch up on sports, or other trivia; or flick TV from news to a favourite show.🧵
nbcnews.com/news/world/ukr… It's utterly surreal to have this war played out on our screens night after night. I feel sick to my stomach. It's my first thought each morning; my last thought at night. I can't quite believe the images we are seeing. I can't wrap my head around the atrocities, or talk of WW3.
Mar 7 16 tweets 4 min read
I keep wanting to find smtg +ve to say about UK govt, because, although IMO it is dishonest, incompetent and self-serving, I feel genuinely conflicted about attacking it at such moment of crisis, when it's already under stress, and we need to pull together for Ukr. But.🧵 While it might be appropriate to let issues like "partygate" take a backseat for now (I accept others may disagree), it absolutely should be held accountable for its performance on the current crisis, and encouraged to do better. And here's my problem....
Mar 2 12 tweets 2 min read
My thoughts on the Ukraine crisis and the murderous @##$%%$^ in the Kremlin are mostly unprintable. But boil down to: 🧵 We (the West) didn't start this war. Putin is the clear aggressor, and he has no excuse, or legitimate pretext.
Mar 2 5 tweets 2 min read
On the nail by @rafaelbehr. However, I worry that - far from the excellent UK-EU coop'n shown over Ukr underscoring the value of such a relationship continuing, some will claim this proves we can indeed work effectively with the EU from outside.🧵

theguardian.com/commentisfree/… Some members of this govt (and media backers) have also been unable to resist making continued digs at the EU for being slow to respond to the crisis, even though its own response has been niggardly and laggard in many respects (eg over visas, and Russian money).
Feb 23 6 tweets 2 min read
How was I so blind? How was I so complacent? For years, I watched and worried about China buying its way across Africa, Asia and Latin Am; and Russia in Eurasia and ME. But meanwhile, it's been happening all along under my nose in the UK.🧵
cnn.com/videos/tv/2022… I used to be stunned at how Germany let its former Chancellor Schroder become a Director of Gazprom; I was shocked at growing European dependence on Russian gas; I deplored the susceptibility of OTHER European nations to Russian disinformation and influence peddling.
Feb 22 4 tweets 2 min read
I am suffering from PTSD after reading this absolutely brilliant dissection of Brexit by @chrisgreybrexit. Reliving the horrors of "Brexit means Brexit"; "No Deal is better than a Bad Deal"; Indicative votes; Meaningful votes; Brady Amendment: Malthouse Compromise;... 🧵 Henry VIII powers; "Managed No Deal"; "Alternative Arrangements"; Benn Act; Canada+; Canada++; Canada+++; Norway option; Swiss option; WTO option; Letwin Motion; People's Vote; Kyle Wilson plan; Irish backstop; "Enemies of the People"; "Classic Dom" etc etc etc
Feb 3 13 tweets 3 min read
Listening to this great discussion by @instituteforgov on the UK constitution, what pounded through my mind was simply that, right now, I don't feel represented; I don't feel I have a choice; in fact, I feel powerless and disenfranchised. Do you? 🧵instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/uk-cons… I'm not a constitutional expert. But I've been reflecting more and more deeply about how we are governed, and how our system works. And I can't help concluding that it's no longer fit for purpose. The "soft guardrails" of our unwritten constitution are no longer enough.
Jan 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Highly commend this terrific article by my former colleagues @CER_IanBond and Duncan Allan: thrust of which is that UK needs a more coherent policy on Russia, not just rallying in support of Ukraine now, but addressing broader threats from Russia..incl 🧵
cer.eu/publications/a… Hardening our own society against disinformation, cyber threats and russian espionage; combating illicit financial flows from Russia and Russian regime's cultivation of UK pol figures and opinion formers; focus military expenditure on forces to deter Russian military activity;
Jan 25 4 tweets 1 min read
It's normally hard to sustain outrage, day after day, but I can, and will, as long as this No 10 farce continues. Be gone. Go. Out. You are not wanted. You serve no purpose. You disgrace yourself, your party, your government. Your credibility is shot. It's time. Enough. To what end do you cling to office? What purpose can be served? What benefit do you bring? What do you hope to achieve? Your reputation is in tatters, no matter what Gray or the police report? Your historical legacy is set. Your position is not tenable.
Jan 24 11 tweets 2 min read
In case of interest, here is fuller summary of my key points on Ukraine on LBC's Rachel Johnson show on Sunday , drawing from my experience in and observations of Russian behaviour during my time as Ambassador in Georgia, plus a few further thoughts 🧵 1/10 Russian actions towards Ukr are part of classic Putin playbook - which has used variety of hybrid threats/intimidation against Georgia ever since 2008 invasion, to destabilise and unsettle that country - disinformation, propaganda, cyber, occupation of its territory etc
Jan 21 4 tweets 1 min read
This article suggests that long standing German distrust of America is behind its hesitancy to support more robust stance on Ukraine, exacerbated by Trump years and growing perception of US as some sort of dystopian hell.🧵politico.eu/article/german… "While UK scrambles to deliver weaponry to the Ukrainians, Germany has refused to send even rifles..instead of locking arms with US and other allies..Germany has sought to placate Russia by taking some of West's most powerful deterrents off table."
Jan 20 7 tweets 2 min read
This report by Robert Peston encapsulates EVERYTHING which is rotten in our system at the moment. I've no personal animus against Peston, per se, but... 🧵 He writes:"I know who sent the email to M Reynolds on 20 May 2020 telling him the planned “bring your own booze” party should not go ahead - though the sender tells me he does not want to be seen as agent provocateur against the prime minister and has asked me not to name him."