President Trump will be greeted with a torrent of doom-laden criticism when he arrives in the UK on 3 June. Some of this criticism is just wrong, while some simply misses the critical point of this relationship.
EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for a historic summit. But apart from tackling the problem of Britain and of immigration pressures, the heads of state and government will have to engage in a much bigger healing exercise between the European Union’s Western and Eastern members.
Two contrasting parliamentary reports into the draft Investigatory Powers Bill were published last week. The Intelligence and Security Committee was largely critical of proposals, while the dedicated Joint Committee had a more positive view. What next for the bill?
Few will have been surprised by the findings of the Litvinenko Inquiry chaired by Sir Robert Owen. And no one should be surprised by Russia’s reaction. The Russian Foreign Ministry regretted that the inquiry had been ‘politicised’ and the country’s ambassador in London dismissed the findings, criticising the case as a ‘whitewash for British special services’ institutional incompetence’.