It is only by recognising our common humanity that we can break the endless cycle of violence.
Curriculum Vitae brevis…
Most of us are more afraid of speaking in public than we are of dying, and what Lyeona did was extraordinary.
As Barack Obama said the other day, “despair is not an option”. We need to keep trying.
This year, lets honour the people who risked everything to prevent war breaking out in the first place: Civil Servants.
Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the very first ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London.
Should the poppy continue to be the flower of remembrance, or should we allow it, once again, to be the flower of forgetfulness?
The culture war over the poppy’s meaning continues.
To the nameless millions who lie in mass graves,
From the forest of Katyn to the killing fields of Cambodia,
From Treblinka to Shatila:
We will remember you.
I was honoured to be asked to deliver a Remembrance address to the staff of the Scottish Government at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh yesterday.