All articles by: Ian Williams

Letter From America

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

George W Bush once complained that he was “misunderestimated.” You can almost sympathize. Donald Trump has made Bush Jnr seem a towering giant among commanders-in-chief. Yes, like Trump, Bush was …

Letter From America

Published: April 30, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

There is a spectre haunting the world’s left. It is the ghost of the Comintern. Over sixty years since Nikita Khrushchev blew the whistle on the “workers’ state,” and a …

Letter From America

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

As Galileo said after recanting the heretical idea that Earth revolved around the Sun, “It still moves”. And across the UN, people will say, “It is still Apartheid” since the …

Letter From America

Published: February 27, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

We can disrespect Donald all we like, but we can’t afford to be dis­missive. In the world of the Donald, dystopias rule. George Orwell’s 1984 shot back to the top …

Letter From America

Published: January 31, 2017
Written by Ian Williams

If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have …

Ian Williams: Letter From America

Published: December 22, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

When he takes office on New Year’s Day, the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pick up the most poisoned of chalices – Syria. Last week, following successive …

Letter From America: Ian Williams

Published: November 19, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

At least the Clintons are consistent. They maintained a serene sense of entitlement almost to the end of the election night count. They had explained that the cancellation of the …

Letter from America

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

It was not good week for the bean counters. António Guterres is neither East European, nor female, but the newly designated ninth UN Secretary General is indisputably the best person …

Letter From America: Ian Williams

Published: September 28, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

The United Nations this week has its annual ‘General Debate’ where world leaders congregate to exchange platitudes across the floor and meet each other on the sidelines. Diplomacy is like …

Letter From America – Ian Williams

Published: August 10, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

With the gladiatorial clashes of the Labour leadership election and the circus of the Republican and Democratic elections, the election for the Secretary General of the United Nations, has been …

Ian Williams – Letter From America

Published: July 18, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

In a press briefing at the UN many years ago Douglas Hurd pointed out that British foreign policy was “the same as it has been since the days of Pitt …

Letter from America – Ian Williams

Published: June 10, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

Those who advocated primary-style elections in the British Labour Party should learn their lessons from the shambles of the presidential process in the United States.

Letter from America – Ian Williams

Published: April 15, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

Bernie Sanders’ star is rising. Jeremy Corbyn recognises a kindred spirit. Sadly, one comrade of Bernie’s in the Democratic Socialists of America will not be around to cheer.

Letter from America – Ian Williams

Published: February 19, 2016
Written by Ian Williams

Comparisons of British and American politics often throw up superficial similarity. Nonetheless, the primary polling in the United States and Labour Party results in the United Kingdom do show some …

Letter From America: Ian Williams

Published: November 22, 2015
Written by Ian Williams

Marshall Islanders shine light on nuclear hypocrisy Clement Attlee and Ernest Bevin were among the real parents of the British In­dependent Nuclear Deterrent.