Lobbying and cronyism in Britain: fat cats and other felines

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Britain’s so-called lobbying and cronyism row is anything but. It’s about fat cats, lean mean hunters, entitled purebreds, scruffy strays, trainable tabbies, rebellious rescues – in other words, all sorts of felines padding through the corridors of power. Lobbying and cronyism is a feature, not a bug of British politics. The language being … Continue reading “Lobbying and cronyism in Britain: fat cats and other felines”

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Britain as a force for uber good?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY I seem to remember Tony Blair popularising the use of the phrase “Britain as a force for good”. As prime minister, Mr Blair repeated it so often, the phrase became almost meaningless, just the usual twaddle of politicians and other snake oil salesmen. It was hard to believe at the time, anyway. … Continue reading “Britain as a force for uber good?”

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So Gazprom didn’t buy Britain’s biggest gas supplier in 2006. Good economic patriotism?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2018


In the context of soaring tensions between Britain and Russia, we might well look back on 2006 and shudder as we study a map of Ukraine. That’s what we might be, but for the grace of events. In 2006, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy giant, had cut off gas supplies to Ukraine (some said to punish … Continue reading “So Gazprom didn’t buy Britain’s biggest gas supplier in 2006. Good economic patriotism?”

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Congress Needs a Makeover Like UK’s New Labour. Here’s a 3-point Cheat Sheet for Rahul Gandhi

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2017 / CNN News18


The people of Gujarat have spoken, basically to say they’ll stick with the BJP, for now. So, can Congress re-make itself enough to change the voters’ mind sometime in the future? Yes, going by the example of Britain’s Labour Party. Twenty years ago, Labour managed one of the most remarkable instances of an electorally successful … Continue reading “Congress Needs a Makeover Like UK’s New Labour. Here’s a 3-point Cheat Sheet for Rahul Gandhi”

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Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


Realism, rather than cynicism, is the most appropriate response to the British High Court ruling that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should not face prosecution for his role in the 2003 Iraq war. First, there is no crime of aggres­sion in English law under which the former prime minister could be charged. The British … Continue reading “Search for justice in Iraq may not be totally futile”

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How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 17, 2017


Tony Blair said it about Britain on Saturday, in his essay ‘Brexit and the Centre’. Political commentators, amateur or not, said it about France during the presidential primaries and the final election in May. They say it about the United States. And about India. The preferred term for the raging argument over secularism vs Hindutva … Continue reading “How often have you heard it said that a ‘country is deeply divided’?”

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Blair’s case for a balanced Brexit 48-52 has to be made by someone. Who will do it?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 24, 2017


I’m with Bagehot, The Economist column on British life. Former prime minister Tony Blair (who left office 10 years ago this June) should either get stuck in to battle for a balanced Brexit or back off and let others do it. Last week, Mr Blair, who is of course hugely controversial, made the case for … Continue reading “Blair’s case for a balanced Brexit 48-52 has to be made by someone. Who will do it?”

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Corbyn & Sanders: A transatlantic hymn to the unspun politics of hope?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 14, 2015


  Today (Friday, August 14) ballot papers go out to those who can vote in the British Labour Party’s leadership election and right now, it’s looking like it will go in favour of the unfashionably unspun, plain-speaking Jeremy Corbyn. Last Monday (August 10) a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 27,500 … Continue reading “Corbyn & Sanders: A transatlantic hymn to the unspun politics of hope?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK