Great work to all the participants in today’s @uae_eda event for a great debate. As moderator I felt it was important to focus on the big issues rather than become distracted by World Cup bragging rights....
For the second time in my life, I’m living a few minutes from a Louvre. What a privilege. We see something different every time.
Big fan of Iceland’s Foreign Minister, who showed me the best bits of Reykjavik. But, for my Grandpa who spent forty years there, we’re with Nigeria tonight.
Father’s Day, a decade ago. Four generations.
A poem for Father’s Day. Words by Theo Fletcher, picture by Mark Fletcher.
Doing every ride in this water park for the sake of the kids. #Sacrifice
First round interview for Ambassador to animal kingdom.
Went dancing with a gorgeous creature last night. Still got the moves.
This photo has rightly caught our attention. Partly the anger and frustration that Angela Merkel's team must have felt to tweet it. But more because it captures a moment. Of great jeopardy. Of despair and sadness in Western capitals, including Washington. Of incredulous laughter in Moscow. And relief for the world's tyrants and despots. Of reluctant acceptance that while we were busy building driverless cars we ended up with a driverless world. We knew already that US election created a vacancy for leader of the free world. That US immigration measures signaled the temporary resignation of America as the most influential beacon for liberty ever. That Paris pullout signaled readiness to join rogue nations such as NK and Syria outside international consensus. That Trump's language on race or gender would get him sacked from a UK cabinet. That Iran deal pullout and Jerusalem embassy signaled readiness to pour oil on Middle East fires, where previous administrations had tried to put them out. Alongside those more tangible threats, the G7 might look more like theatrics - macho handshakes and silverback chest thumping. But diplomacy is not reality TV. When it fails, the world is less safe. The 'international rules based system' that UK and others argued so hard to defend is scaffolding built with immense sacrifice by previous generations to protect us from our worst instincts. It is evolution of reason over craziness, community over tyranny, honesty over lies, and restraint for the dangerous individuals who believes they alone have the answers. We now find out whether these checks and balances are simply being tested, or being tested to destruction. Without them, we will see more politicians weaponising intolerance . More selling of the snake oil of hatred of difference as a panacea for globalization. More access to deadly weapons, and lack of justice for those who use them. More policy by media cycle, quick fixes for a complex world. More of the inequality of opportunity in which extremism and anger festers. These tests come along very rarely. Our relentless focus must be to defend the rules-based international system, with our allies, until US is back.
Fantastic to do a podcast with my friend and comrade @jeremyjauncey for the series we’re releasing in September on the future of education. Having become an Instagram rockstar with @beautifuldestinations he now has an incredible passion for using the platform to protect the planet, get people travelling, and spread curiosity and excitement about the world. Jeremy gave me two bits of great comms advice: seek community, not just engagement; and action, not just influence. In return I helped him with some tips on style, upper body strength and getting more Instagram followers.
Just received from an old friend. 24 years ago this month, somewhere in The Sinai. An early taste of Arabia. Hair is model’s own.
Speaking earlier today at Swedish MFA. Carl Bildt’s photo on wall a reminder that he was first PM to send an email.