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Former U.S.</p><p>National Security Advisor Asks Why British Royals … 0

Former U.S.

National Security Advisor Asks Why British Royals …

The British royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, June 2013. Photo: Carfax2 via Wikimedia Commons. A senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in an article published Thursday, asked why Britain s Royal Family refuses to visit Israel when they make frequent stops throughout the Arab world.

In just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, wrote Elliott Abrams, 1 who worked in both the administrations of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the request of the Foreign Office, it was announced).

And Prince Harry also visited Oman. Abrams then pointed out that the Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles visited the Jewish state only once: for Yitzhak Rabin s funeral. According to Abrams, there are only three logical explanations for the gross omission.

One, he said, is that the Royal Family only likes to visit other royals and tries to stay away from republics. However, Abrams said Prince Charles visited Egypt more than once, so there goes that theory. A second possible explanation is that the Royal Family fears a visit to Israel may harm the United Kingdom and its business with Arab dictators.

But such reasoning is absurd, Abrams explained. Given the current tacit alliance of Israel and the Gulf monarchies against Iran and ISIS, the likelihood that such visits would have harmed the UK is impossibly small. Abrams final suggestion is that the Royal Family won t visit Israel because either they or the Foreign Office harbor deep and undying enmity toward the Jewish state.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher.

Other CFR members include Brian Williams, Angelina Jolie and Chuck Hagel.

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Attleborough printing company moves into employee ownership 0

Attleborough printing company moves into employee ownership

Colchester Print Group, which has 40 staff based in Attleborough and Bury St Edmunds, has taken the exciting step of moving into employee ownership as a result of the founder selling a majority stake to an Employee Benefit Trust. The transition into employee ownership will provide a succession plan for the business, help increase prosperity for Colchester Print Group s employees and, hopefully, make the Company an inspiration for other businesses in East Anglia and the wider UK who are considering the increasingly popular employee ownership option. Founder Philip Colchester, who will remain as Chairman, made the move after researching employee ownership with the help of the John Lewis Partnership and the Employee Ownership Association and receiving specialist advice from Co-ownership Solutions LLP.

Colchester Print Group has adopted an ownership model similar to John Lewis, arguably the UK s best known example of employee ownership, and has created an employee ownership trust. However, unlike John Lewis, the employees at Colchester Print Group will also have the opportunity to directly invest in the business by buying shares through a Share Incentive Plan. Philip Colchester commented The move into employee ownership is a very good way of securing the business for generations to come .

Philip also added We are very grateful to the support and advice from the John Lewis Partnership and to Co-ownership Solutions for their expert guidance throughout this process . Norman Watson, Partner at Co-ownership Solutions, commented Philip is one of an increasing number of business owners who sees that employee ownership provides an ideal succession solution; he can stay involved in a business he is very passionate about, he can hand the business over to people who truly understand it and he is now able to benefit from the new capital gains tax reliefs on his proceeds from the sale. This is a win-win situation for everyone and we are delighted to have helped Colchester Print Group on the next stage of their life .

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