Last year, I used this column to argue for NATO to undertake a new role, and to guarantee proportionate responses against military targets for any regime anywhere in the world that violated international norms, such as the use of chemical weapons.
The current Government is managing our great nation through a period of huge change. Much focus has, rightly, been upon the efforts to secure our exit from the European Union and forge a new relationship with our friends and allies on the continent.
A week ago, we were dealt the apparently shocking news that the leader of the Scottish National Party would like Scotland to be independent, and is willing to take advantage of any situation to make this happen.
The triggering of Article 50 gives us an historic opportunity to redefine our place in the world. Before the referendum I argued on this website that in leaving the EU we can become “an increasingly agile, pro-business country, leading the world in innovation and technology while remaining a political and moral power”.
It has been something of an odd week. Some of you reading this column will have noticed that I was in the news, as I found myself one of those who were affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban.
On Saturday I was told that I would be one of those that Donald Trump had decided were unfit to even visit America. Although I am British, and do not hold dual nationality, the so-called Muslim ban refers to individuals’ country of origin, and I was born in Iraq.