Tom Spencer's Blog

Nobody in their right mind wants a treaty change either at 27 or 17 at this moment of maximum vulnerability for the European idea and the prosperity of the peoples of Europe in a difficult world. Lest we forget the agony of the process a brief reminder of recent history seems in order. The growth… » read more

Posted by Tom Spencer

Valedictory Lecture delivered by Tom Spencer, Sometime Executive Director of the European Centre for Public Affairs – Brussels 8th November 2011 It used to be the tradition that departing British Ambassadors would send a final telegram home to the Foreign Office in which they spoke outside the normal constraints of diplomatic niceties. This practice may… » read more

Posted by Tom Spencer

Why does the great ape known as Homo Sapiens Sapiens insist on celebrating anniversaries? Does it have some evolutionary advantage? Maybe Darwin has somewhere argued that anniversaries are the most obvious way we have of sorting our memories into appropriate categories and highlighting aspects of ourselves that we wish to improve. Anniversaries are top of… » read more

Posted by Tom Spencer

My first political memories were as a child of eight in 1956. My father was toasting the success of the Anglo-French intervention at Suez. We then listened in horror to the last words from the free radio station in Budapest as Russian tanks closed in. “This is free Hungary. We fight for Hungary. We fight… » read more

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Welcome to BlogActiv

Dear Tom, Welcome to the BlogActiv.eu community! You promised to start blogging some time ago. Now is the real time to start! Public Affairs is about integrated and interactive communications, so we “squat” your own blog with a message of welcome. The leadership of the ECPA is in the capable hands of Caroline De Cock,… » read more

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