Any reader of books by historians containing accounts of man-made disasters will be familiar with the obligatory “if only” moment in the narrative. This is when it becomes clear, with hindsight...
Ellen Barry"We are at that stage in the drama when mutual misunderstanding and dangerous decisions taken at top speed during a crisis risk producing a horrible accident." @iainmartin1 on a surreal week
As America strengthens its alliance with India to help counter China, critics say its military faces serious challenges, from the age of its hardware to the size of its budget.
Ellen BarryIndia's loss of a plane last week to a country whose military is about half the size and receives 1/4 as much funding revealed an uncomfortable truth: India’s armed forces are in alarming shape, writes @Abihabib
The Telegraph's weekly Brexit podcast hosted by Chief Political Correspondent Christopher 'Chopper' Hope....
Ellen BarryFun outing this morning on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, which tapes in a subterranean chamber under the Red Lion Pub. A Tory, a Marxist and a reporter from the New York Times walk into a bar, etc., etc.
Pakistan said it had captured two Indian pilots from planes that went down in Pakistani territory. India confirms only one plane “lost.”
Ellen BarryPakistani Military Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Warplanes, Capturing Pilots. First time Indian Air Force has crossed the Line of Control since the 1971 war. Time to stop and pay attention.
In a recent survey conducted by Henley Residents Group, the issue of providing “affordable” housing was a high priority. But this is a challenge — the “affordable” housing being built on sites earmarked for development in the...
Ellen BarryIn what must be literally the most English controversy ever, Henley Standard decides to phase out “Sir” as a form of address for letters to the editor, since some editors are female, but faces a groundswell of popular wrath & reinstates “Sir” a week later
Alex McIntyre, 19, was brought up in a Britain being reshaped by government cuts. He gave up on capitalism after a year in college.
Ellen BarryAn unprecedented # of British young people are being sent into university, but they graduate into forbidding market conditions: stratospheric housing costs, wage stagnation, tuition debt. Capitalism doesn't look as good to them as it did to their parents.
The stunt came two weeks before the anniversary of a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England.
Ellen BarryWe've seen the Russian board game poking fun at the Salisbury poisonings. Chocolate cathedrals sent by RT as holiday gifts. Now, in another morbid prank, someone scaled the cathedral scaffolding overnight to hang a giant, fluttering Russian flag.
The rebel lawmaker Nick Boles may lose his seat for trying to stop a no-deal departure from the European Union. His fate is being watched closely by other lawmakers.
Ellen BarryFact: MPs worry about being reelected & must remain on good terms w Tory grassroots. Fact: Tory grassroots are a small group, half>65yo, 2/3 male, most self-identify "v rightwing." They favor no-deal. @NickBoles case shows what happens when you defy them
If you think this sounds over-the-top, you're probably right. But die-hard Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is totally serious
Ellen BarryGood heavens, Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests that if Parliament tries to obstruct Brexit, the Queen might resort to prorogation, forcible adjournment, v popular with the Tudors. Elizabeth I prorogued one parliament 26 times.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Mum-of-two Emma Fairweather tells the Sunday Mirror of the terrifying moment the Duke’s 4x4 Land Rover Freelander pulled out of a side road and hit them
Ellen Barry“I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry." says woman who broke her wrist when Prince Philip's Land Rover slammed into her Kia. Her 9mo was in the back. "I would have expected more of the Royal family."
The nonlethal weapon employed by Indian security forces to disperse crowds since early July can cause ghastly damage, often blinding victims, some of them children.
Ellen BarryIndian forces spray birdshot from pump-action shotguns to disperse crowds in Kashmir, leaving many protesters blinded. I once watched a surgeon remove a pellet from the eyeball of an 8-year-old.
Rarely have British and American politics seemed as synchronized as they do in the chilly dawn of 2019, when pro-globalization elites battle the populists.
Ellen BarryWashington paralyzed by the wall. London paralyzed by Brexit. The world's oldest democracies seem stuck in one ideological weather system, with pro-globalization elites pitted against a left-behind hinterland.
John Allen Chau’s corpse has not been found. Those who have stepped ashore North Sentinel Island have been shot with bows and arrows.
Ellen Barry“This case is the strangest and toughest in my life,” said the police chief investigating the killing of a missionary by members of the Sentinelese, an isolated island tribe. “We are trying to enter into another civilization’s world.”
Hard-line, pro-Brexit Conservatives thought they could force a confidence vote against the prime minister. Then, embarrassingly, their support melted away.
Ellen BarryHardliners, who have dominated the discussion over Brexit, last week confidently made their move, launching a coup against Theresa May. Yesterday the plotters admitted having been misled by their own supporters, who had melted away. By @_StephenCastle