Jonathan Fryer

I Still Have Two Great Ambitions

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 31st December, 2015

It’s that time of the year when people take stock of the previous 12 months and formulate resolutions that aim to make them personally or the next year better. I confess to  a lack of originality at this time, as the two great ambitions I have remain the same as in previous years, though at least one of them has got nearer to realisation. That is my ambition to visit every member state of the United Nations and, ideally, to do a piece of work there, be it an article, a radio broadcast or, in a few cases, a book. There are currently 193 UN member states and having recently been in Rwanda gathering material, I have been to 164 of them — so just 29 to go, which should be quite feasible.

The second ambition is to become a member of the European Parliament, something I have been aiming for since a long time, and nearly achieved twice. There won’t be another European election until 2019, but it is never too early to start campaigning, especially as 2016 will probably see an IN/OUT EU Referendum in Britain. I’ll be throwing myself into that whole-heartedly, as it is vital for so many reasons — not just personal — that the UK remains within the EU. Should the referendum go the wrong way, of course, there will be no more Euro-elections in Britain and so one of my ambitions would die. Which would mean I would just have to get some appropriate journalistic or lecturing commission and sail off to all those little Pacific island states I haven’t been to yet.

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