Conservative Middle East Council (and Swire) come in for some stick

Owl has no understanding of Middle East politics whatsoever, flying only over East Devon, but well-known journalist Peter Oborne (see below for credentials) does have such an understanding and has quite a lot to say about Hugo Swire, the Conservative Middle East Council and its donors in this fascinating article:

Wiki: “Oborne is an associate editor of The Spectator and former chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, from which he resigned in early 2015. He is author of

The Rise of Political Lying and
The Triumph of the Political Class, and,
with Frances Weaver, the pamphlet Guilty Men.

He writes a political column for the Daily Mail and Middle East Eye. He sat as a Commissioner for the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life. He won the Press Awards Columnist of the Year in 2012 and again in 2016.

Oborne is known for his acerbic commentary on the hypocrisy and apparent mendacity of contemporary politicians. …