Our deputy editor talks to Michael Portillo about the proposed purchase of the Daily Telegraph and Spectator by a financial alliance linked to the government of Abu Dhabi.
It’s starting to feel that this issue might also end up in the too-difficult box – and therefore that the sale might ultimately go through, regardless of what Lucy Frazer, the Culture Secretary, does in the immediate term.
The involvement of a fund linked to the Emirati government in a proposed purchase of the Spectator and Telegraph titles has sparked concern amongst Conservative MPs.
Netanyahu may have said: how would you feel, were you lectured by countries without an independent judiciary, let alone the free press, minority rights and fair elections that we have in Israel?
If any hope can come out of this terrible weekend, it is that Hamas can be destroyed as a military force and the settler movement in Israel destroyed as a political force.
Behind the former is the force that drives the current conflict: the not-so-hidden hand of Iran – and its exported violence.
Our debates are often rooted in “the West”, and the successes of nations outside of this club tend to be passing headlines at most.
It won’t be easy but regional powers can make it happen if they make the right choices.
Thank God for great European leaders, like Merkel, whose idiosyncratic approach to border control played such an understated role in last year’s Brexit vote.