A few years ago, in the good old days of Tony Blair, I was the Labour Party’s link man with sister parties across the world; particularly Turkey. I learned about the politics of Turkey by meeting with most of the senior players there on a regular basis. And while my main interest in Turkey today.. read more →

In Sunday’s  Observer, Peter Preston describes Yavuz Baydar as a; “good and respected Turkish columnist”.  Tonight (Wednesday), I was privileged to share a platform with two of Mr Baydar’s colleagues – Hasan Cemal, one of Turkey’s best known serious journalists; and well-known journalist and poet Bejan Matur.  They, too, spoke very highly of Mr Baydar… read more →