Left and right, capital and labour, and our relationship to both may have been the best way to understand 20th Century politics and to chart solutions to problems. But those days are gone. Thatcher and Reagan changed the political landscape to make us all capitalists. Maybe we differ on exactly the extent of the role … More Which Side Are You On?
I spent Sunday, my last day reporting from Libya (for now), chasing the front line. We drove through Ajdabiya, then Brega, then Ras Lanuf but couldn’t move fast enough to find Colonel’s Gaddafi’s retreating forces. Somewhere in front of us was the ragtag rebel army who raced through liberated town after liberated town, taking each … More The War of the Road
Khalid Saad brought his family to see what all the fuss was about. His three sons, aged 18, 14 and 11, sucked on prickly artichokes as somewhere down the road – not too far away – Libya’s rebel movement probed government positions around the town of Ajdabiya. “Don’t worry, we just came to have a … More Portrait of a Checkpoint
Today, I drove out on the Tripoli road from Benghazi the few miles to where French ground attack planes had taken out Colonel Gaddafi’s armoured column which hours earlier had sent a frightening cascade of artillery into the heart of the city. There wasn’t much left. Tanks had been opened up like sardine cans. Nothing … More I’m Not Keen on Chaos
It came in from the sea, somewhere to the north. At first the residents of Benghazi cheered, believing it would herald the start of air strikes against Gaddafi forces still rumbling towards their city. “Is it European,” shouted one. Then it swung back around the city, describing, a high, slow circle even as artillery shells … More Battle for Benghazi
Headed for Benghazi, via Lyon, Milan, Cairo and an epic overland safari. So I think that calls for a Safari Soundtrack 24 Hours from Tulsa, Gene Pitney (24 Hours from Tulsa) – or 12 hours from Benghazi. The definition of crescendo and the perfect opener, which meets Nick Hornby’s criterion, I’d say The Wagon, Dinosaur … More Safari Soundtrack: Desert Sands
I’m not a great one for being squeamish about meat. I like it and I eat it. If that means an animal has to be killed then, so long as it has been treated humanely, that’s OK with me. I have no time for people who eat meat and then object to being reminded of … More Roadside Dining in Tunisia
Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, arrived at the Ras Jedir border crossing today to announce that Britain was sending more aid. Sky interviewed him on top of a container.
Things got pretty ugly today. Where yesterday tens of thousands of people stood patiently waiting for their chance to enter Tunisia from Libya, today they surged towards the blue railings and a line of policemen trying to hold them back. Dozens were plucked unconscious from the heaving mass. Aid workers lobbed baguettes and bottles of … More Crush at Ras Jedir