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Matthew Parris describes “the beautiful hell that swallowed flight MH370”

As the hunt continues for the wreckage of flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean, Matthew Parris, Conservative MP turned award-winning commentator and broadcaster, shares his experience of dealing with this inhospitable environment.

Believing himself to be the only British journalist to have lived in this space, spending the whole southern winter of the year 2000 on Kerguelen, an uninhabited island that Captain Cook sailed round in 1776, Matthew states that “unless you’ve been there, you can’t envisage the menacing isolation of the storm-ravaged seas where flight MH370 is lost.”

He goes on to say that this is “not a place for planes. None can land. No ship can dock. Even searchers this week from world superpowers only venture into these seas and retreat.” He adds that the wind is too strong to stand up in, as continual anticyclones rip islands of all their trees and wildlife, and that the scale of the vast distances separating one from the nearest landmass and the bottom of the ocean is also humbling.

However, whilst Matthew conveys an overwhelming sense of violence and horror, he also sees the Southern Indian Ocean as a space of great beauty. Click here to read the full article.

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Matthew Parris: “Affording journalistic principles”

Former diplomat and Conservative MP Matthew Parris‘ diary column in The Times is an enjoyable read. Written with light-hearted yet sharp observations of current affairs, it is also an insight into his world.

Great to read Matthew’s honesty in today’s column, titled “I’m so glad I can afford journalistic principles” – “I can afford principle now. The people I really admire are the young men and women who cannot afford principle  but still do the right thing.”

Matthew discusses a debate with Nigel Farage on name pronunciation and re-branding, a conversation with a Korean friend on Europe’s difficultly to take North Korean threats seriously, and whether police officers should comment on court verdicts.

Click here to see Matthew’s regular column updates.

To find out more about Matthew Parris, or to book him as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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