……it’s a difficult decision, and the prospects for the future are not good……

  Yesterday parliament was recalled at very short notice from the long recess to debate the prospect of air-strikes in Iraq.   I led for the Liberal Democrats in the debate in the House of Lords, indeed because of the timing of the interventions I was the first Liberal Democrat to speak in either House.  Fifty-nine members of the House spoke…

…..we mourn him here in Ireland…..

In May 1997 we were still almost a year away from the Good Friday Agreement and most people gave us little chance of successfuly negotiating an Irish Peace Accord, indeed we doubted it ourselves.  It was then that Nelson Mandela intervened to give us the encouragement we needed. We had already been impressed by the progress made in South Africa when President…