12 blogs of Christmas

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Dec. 30, 2011, 4:01 p.m. | Op-ed — by Leigh Turner
With the New Year looming, here are 12 of my blogs from 2011: - January: Is Ukraine Free? (Freedom House rankings)

- February: MI6, Art and Freedoms (“A Year with MI6”)

- March: Brilliant British Business in Ukraine (British Business Days)

- March: Down Syndrome: “Let Us In!” (Down Syndrome in the UK and Ukraine)

- April: What I think about Ukraine (Oxford speech)

- May: Life lessons from Deep Purple (British rockers in Kyiv)

- June: The teenage traffic victim (road safety and the traffic police)

- July: Justice and politics in Ukraine (trials of opposition leaders)

- August: Ukraine: hand grenades in the polygon (military co-operation)

- September: Tymoshenko in Yalta (trials of opposition leaders)

- October: Back to the Café in Shanghai (Business climate)

- December: Donetsk, Ukraine and the EU (Donetsk speech)

These aren’t necessarily my best or most important blogs, but I hope they illustrate some themes of 2011 and the scope of the embassy’s work.

We’re still working to update all our links after our move to a new web-platform; but do feel free to navigate from these blogs to others on similar subjects, or indeed read the whole collection.

Happy New Year!

Leigh Turner has been the British Ambassador to Ukraine since June 2008. You can read all his blog entries at (in English) or (Ukrainian)
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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 5:08 p.m.    

Troll alert

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 6:57 p.m.    

Happy New Year Ambassador Turner!

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Anonymous Dec. 30, 2011, 9:59 p.m.    

Please post something constructive, instead of your usual witless dribbling.

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Anonymous Jan. 2, 2012, 7:42 a.m.    

or perhaps we should call it HALF WIT dribble

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 12:38 a.m.    

Unless your govt is willing to disallow any visas to your country by anyone associated with this govt, your comments come off as nothing more than nonsense.

Yes, I know to be a diplomat, one must exert diplomacy, but the time for diapers has passed. It is time for action, not bs.

That goes for all you so called wussy diplomats from democracies.

Talk is cheap and basically a sell out to democracy without action.

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Anonymous Dec. 31, 2011, 9:21 p.m.    

Turner is one his way out in 2012 anyhow. Lets hope that the Smith man is much better. Turner was good at writing drivel to make himself look good. But he is clearly a second rate ambassador who will probably be rewarded with an award from HM The Queen as they all are. The British need a man in Kyiv with guts who can speak on behalf of the British nation.

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