The Spectator 19 January 2019 9:00 AM 19 January 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Turkey and the deep state Boris Johnson said that if Brexit was blocked, the public would blame it on the ‘deep state’. The expression comes from the Turkish Derin Devlet — coined to express the conspiracy of military, police, intelligence bodies and even organised criminals which many Turks believed were operating against their democratically elected government. It made its way into the English language in the 1990s when Kurdish separatists were threatening to declare independence. While there is little doubt that police and the military were involved in the underhand suppression of Kurdish insurgents, their efforts did not support the existence of a well-organised secret government. Rather the various agencies involved seemed to follow their own conflicting agendas — a bit like the efforts to block, and indeed to enact, … [Read more...] about Where does the expression ‘deep state’ come from?
St Leonard’s Leonard Street, EC2A WHAT? An uber hip restaurant with earthy undertones, akin to Native in London Bridge and Lyle’s nearby in Shoreditch. Only, this one has a more primal feel to it, incorporating a ‘raw bar’ of pick-your-own shellfish, a speck-carving station and a flaming hearth. WHO? This is the second restaurant from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer –grandson of food writer Arabella Boxer – after the much-lauded Brunswick House in Vauxhall. WHAT’S THE DEAL? There’s an Express menu for lunch, handily located at the top right of the main menu, offering two courses for £22 and three for £26, not including drinks, with two or three choices for each. WHAT SHOULD I ORDER? Everything if you’re doing the set menu – why wouldn’t you? Each dish is a talking point, but they are hit and miss. For every lamb with hazlenut and fig – cold and underdone – there was a delicate raw mackerel with soy … [Read more...] about Working Lunch: We review the Express lunch menu at St Leonard’s in Shoreditch, the restaurant from the team behind Brunswick House
Filming and interview: Tony Öhberg To Finland Today’s question about what the mid-July summit between the US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki means to Finland, President Sauli Niinistö offered a thoughtful answer: “We consider that every nation should do its best to try to enhance peace. I consider this as enhancing peace, ” Niinistö said at the official residence of the president of the republic, Mäntyniemi, on Thursday evening.Click to find out more. Finland has consistently advocated dialogue in international relations. During the past year, Finland has hosted meetings of the deputy foreign ministers as well as the chiefs of defense of Russia and the United States. According to Niinistö, the meeting of the presidents in Finland is a natural continuation to this and brings the dialogue to the highest level. The agenda of the meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin will be decided during the next … [Read more...] about President Niinistö to Finland Today: The Summit Between Trump and Putin is About Enhancing Peace
The German national team’s disgraceful exit from the World Cup on Wednesday may be just a soccer defeat, but it feels like more than that: The expression of an anxious, luckless moment of hesitation and uncertainty for Germany.I moved to Berlin in 2014, during the previous World Cup, in which a joyfully confident German squad didn’t just squeeze its opponents like a ruthless machine, in the style of its predecessors, but wove lace around them with smart passing and stunning speed. The 7-1 victory over Brazil had a dreamlike quality but was somehow expected from a team that combined the cunning and imagination of players of Middle Eastern origin, Mesut Oezil and Sami Khedira, the easy, cool athleticism of Jerome Boateng, son of a Ghanaian father, the chivalry and daring of Polish-born Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski with the bulldog tenacity and engineer-like precision of Bavarian Catholic Bastian Schweinsteiger. I know … [Read more...] about Oh, the Symbolism of Germany’s World Cup Exit
Nico Simeone will be asking guests to do just that and leave the decision of what they should have to him, discovers Sean Murphy Widely considered to be one of Scotland’s most innovative chefs, Nico Simeone has introduced Glasgow and Edinburgh to some truly exciting culinary concepts through his popular venture Six By Nico. Now the Glasgow-based chef is launching a new dining experience at his original eatery, 111 by Nico, with guests dining at the west end restaurant encouraged to sit back and ‘trust the chef’ to provide them with a range of delicious seasonal favourites – without the option of choosing from a menu. The TRUST experience begins with an amuse bouche highlighting local ingredients, followed by a five-course tasting menu where guests will be able to enjoy individual courses such as pasta, lamb, asparagus or fish, before finishing with a decadent dessert. Each and every visit will see a different meal served with the options set to be hugely … [Read more...] about Chef behind Six By Nico launches ‘Trust the chef’ experience at Glasgow’s 111 By Nico