…..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…

….a genuinely liberal approach to Europe……

It is always a pleasure to meet up with Mark Rutte and welcoming the Dutch Prime Minister to the National Liberal Club in London to give the annual Liberal International Isaiah Berlin Lecture was a very enjoyable occasion.  But it was also a thought-provoking one.  Mark is the first Liberal Prime Minister in the Netherlands…