In our latest News Review on Friday, I joined talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer to discuss developments in the case of Anglo-Iranian political prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured), and to review the UK Government’s stumbling and fumbling towards a possible No Deal Brexit.

We also discuss the latest insenstive remark of Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley, who said that UK troops who killed 13 unarmed people in Derry on “Bloody Sunday” in 1972 were “under orders and under instruction and fulfilling their duties in a dignified and appropriate way”.

Listen from 7:03 in 0630-0700 Segment

On the UK granting diplomatic protection to Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a step which is unlikely to have immediate effect on her detention since April 2016 and denial of medical treatment:

This is a contribution to a European signal to the Iranians: if you really want help for your crippled economy, if you really want to trade with us, this isn’t one-way and we have concerns about what you are doing to nationals of other countries.

Iran Daily, March 8: UK Gives Diplomatic Protection to Political Prisoner Zaghari-Ratcliffe

On Brexit:

Let me summarize UK Government talks with the European Union this week.

My kid would say to me, “I want a puppy.”


“I want a puppy.”



“Here’s a picture of a dog. Go away.”