Stormy waters

At best it warrants only a footnote in this nation’s proud sporting history, but you need to be aware that in 1985 I jointly won the Enfield Lawn Tennis Club’s Under-16s doubles trophy with my mate, Jason Caddis. Of course, achievements of this magnitude don’t just happen by accident.  No, they take many afternoons whacking tennis…

Sport as a metaphor for war

Friday the thirteenth puns aside, tomorrow could be a momentous and dramatic day for the world. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the athletics governing body, has demanded a response from Russia in the wake of the doping scandal revealed this week in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The head of the IAAF,…

He who hesitates is lost

What do the words asylum seeker mean to you? In the current climate it is a politically loaded term; a conflation of economic migrant and refugee. The crisis facing Europe today is at once easy to understand yet impossible to meaningfully comprehend, let alone solve. The phrase has been purloined by those less interested in the plight of the…

The new reality

The fascinating dissertation I wrote for my MA in Defence Studies in 2012 discussed the tricky grey area where morals, technology and military necessity overlap.  The premise was that, for the last ten years at least, technology has pushed military capability far beyond that which society at large understands, or, in many quarters, would accept if they…

Bored of the Big Man

I wrote this article for The Economist, based on my Ugandan trip.  It can be seen in the paper here. THE buildings stormed by Israeli commandos in 1976 still stand on Entebbe airfield. Now they are joined by the occasional C-17 Globemaster of the United States Air Force, part of an American presence trying, among…

A new King of Scotland?

Sacked Prime Minister challenges Ugandan President’s 29-year rule Kampala. 15 June 2015. The former prime minister of Uganda has declared he will challenge the president at elections due next year. Amama Mbabazi was sacked from the government in 2014 after criticising the president, Yoweri Museveni, who has been in charge for 29 years. Mr Mbabazi,…