‘Удачи Украина’

By Sunday, February 23, 2014 1 Permalink

Good luck to Ukraine for whatever path you choose. Sadly, death and violence is often the path to gaining democracy and we in the West take our democracy for granted. I spoke on here of the struggles and the dissatisfaction that Ukraine had with the Yanokuvich government,but felt I had to write something today amidst the biased tv and radio reporting and the vanquishing display of apparent democratic victory. Eavesdropping on the middle class do gooders in the coffee shop this morning pointing at the simplistic, and in my mind, inaccurate headline on The Sunday Times, I know it is not their fault if they don't comprehend the full story. Not quite black and white - some varying shades of orange. When had the 'government' become a 'regime' and when had that become a 'dictatorship'. For me, the word condescending does not even cover it. I don't think the British Press has empathy with Ukrainians, ...

‘What now for Ukraine’?

By Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1 Permalink

I confess I have a soft spot for Ukraine. It is a beautiful and awe inspiring country which has given both the world and me a great deal. My trip there was a turning point in my life. It is a complex nation and deserves a lot more than the current violent upheaval. The shocking protests in Kiev, which we have seen in recent days, highlight the huge chasm between the interests of national parties and those of its people.  Something which is quite apparent in many countries - Ukraine is not peculiar in this. The Eurosceptics have heralded the rejection of the agreement by President Yanukovich as a victory for their camp. It clearly isn't, and to me shows how people can protest so ardently in favour of joining and being part of the EU. Russia say it is a victory for them. It isn't. Threats to a former Soviet state are an unfair ...

‘Tomorrow is Tuesday’

By Monday, December 31, 2012 0 Permalink

So, I am guessing you were expecting something wise and deeply profound on New Year's Eve after my tumultuous year. Well, you can have soppy sentimentality instead. It is so easy to become reflective at times like this. We are instilled with misplaced optimism for a fresh new start and a quest to break with all that has gone before. No pressure then! Often at New Year we look back on the year and look at what was bad and hope for a better one next year. It is very easy to see all that was wrong or sad but not so often to see what was good. It would be incredibly easy for me to have written off countless years where tragedy has hit and say that year was my 'annus horribilis'. In 2002, I spent NYE in bed as I was unable to walk terribly well. I had been in a fairly nasty car ...