February 2, 2011
Few would confidently predict the outcome of events in Egypt. The twin effects of 24/7 media coverage and the fact that so many Britons of all age groups have been tourists to that country brings into sharper focus the unfolding drama on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. Many Western politicians have traded platitudes about the need to promote democratic reform. The stark truth is that the authoritarian President Mubarak has for these past 29 years been a puppet of Western governments, which have turned a blind eye to his internal repression for so long as Egypt has remained a loyal trading partner
July 9, 2010
Mark was invited to speak at a NATO conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, on financial security during the global crisis. Below is the speech he made. Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. It is a great pleasure for me to address the NATO International School of Azerbaijan in Baku on the subject of Financial Security. In addition to my normal duties as a Member of Parliament I am also currently Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group...
February 11, 2008
Over the past weeks the world has watched in open-mouthed horror as scenes of violence and anarchy have been played out on the once tranquil streets of Kenya. A country regarded as peaceable and stable by African standards, synonymous with balmy beach holidays and breathtaking wildlife safaris, has given way to a chaos more […]