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The Spectator presents: an evening with Kofi Annan

20 December 2012

I’m delighted to announce that The Spectator will be hosting an evening with Kofi Annan early next year. The ex Secretary-General of the United Nations has played a major role in international politics for almost 50 years, and has become one of the world’s best-known diplomats. Working at the heart of the UN, Annan has had a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the world events of the twentieth century.

He’ll be speaking to Spectator contributor, writer and broadcaster William Shawcross on 17th January at Cadogan Hall in London. Shawcross will be discussing Annan’s new book — Interventions: A Life in War and Peace — as well as his career devoted to international politics.

We’ve got a special early bird rate of just £15 (exc VAT) until Christmas Eve, so book now to ensure you reserve a place at this low price. You can purchase your tickets here. It promises to be an insightful and unique evening, so we hope to see many of our Coffee House readers there.

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  • Coffeehousewall

    The UN is one of the most corrupt international one-world government organisations.

  • JabbaTheCat

    Lol…Kofi Annan, the most useless individual to ever hang between a pair of shoes and you expect people to pay to listen to his nonsensical mutterings?

    • Coffeehousewall

      What has he achieved?

  • ButcombeMan

    I checked the calender to see if it was April the first.

    Wrong man, wrong audience Sebastian.

    The crowd here is smarter than the average.

    • Coffeehousewall

      Well all the Spectator staff are going.

  • Daniel Maris

    Can I suggest we club together to purchase a ticket for Wilhelm so he can enjoy a rare evening out in the metropolis.

    • dalai guevara


  • the viceroy’s gin

    There would be so many events that could be held. People from the arts and letters, athletes, clergy, even politicians and diplomats of interest. Interesting people. Exciting and exuberant people. People of honesty and commitment. People whose stories might hold one in rapture. People of interest.

    And you choose a squalidly corrupt deadhead, who will blandly put an audience to sleep, and offer whichever sanitized and narcotic rambling that gets him paid another dollop?

    Do you people get it, the reasons you’re falling into irrelevancy?

    • Curnonsky

      On the other hand, his suits are well-tailored. It is always pleasing to see a nicely-turned-out member of the grasping class.

    • Coffeehousewall

      Try an evening with Alexander Boot. Id pay for that.

  • Rhoda Klapp

    This is the second prize. The first prize is an Evening Without Kofi Annan.

    • Coffeehousewall

      Id pay money for that.

  • dalai guevara

    I guess this beats an audience with IDS at Liverpool Philharmonic, with seven paying punters in attendance 😉

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …says who?

      • dalai guevara

        you weren’t there, so shut it, stupid.

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …and you don’t count, because, well, you’re stupid.

          • dalai guevara

            Your stammering response suggests you need to see a doctor urgently, perhaps combine it with a visit to a…shrink?

            • the viceroy’s gin

              All that, and, well, you’re still stupid.

              • dalai guevara

                Jeez…you worry me now. Perhaps skip the former and call a priest?

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  Now there’s a thought. Maybe the priest can exorcise your stupid.

                • dalai guevara

                  surely, the gin would just evaporate?

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  A bit of head twisting and chanting, and the stupid might just be persuaded to leave its long time home. It might be worth a try.

                • dalai guevara

                  The last word will make the dumb feel superior – even when there is not the slightest bit of content…

                • Coffeehousewall

                  Beyond help I am afraid.

        • MirthaTidville

          Are you another version of Hooks Law???…You are just as rude

          • dalai guevara

            Excuse me? Am I required to put up with VG’s perpetual rudeness? I have stopped counting, you apparently haven’t started yet…

            • the viceroy’s gin

              You can count? Who knew?

          • Coffeehousewall

            I am sure most of the trolls are the same group of people.

  • TomTom

    When you meet him please ask him about his son’s role with Paul Desmerais in the Oil-for-Food racket……Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s son, Kojo used
    Daddy’s name to get his green Mercedes sent back home to Ghana on the
    cheap, and somehow landed himself a job with a firm then connected to
    the Oil-for-Food scandal…………..…………….………………..It
    is interesting to note that the man named by Kofi Annan to
    this shocking scandal, Paul Volker, is associated to Power Corp.’s
    Advisory Council. Considering the bank chosen by
    the UN to
    administer the funds was BNP Paribas, which is controlled by Power
    one wonders if Annan really does want to get to the bottom of the

  • RatherAnnoyed

    No thanks I’m doing my hair.

  • Bluesman

    Will he take questions about his thieving son?

  • Publius

    What next? An evening with Gordon Brown?

    • HooksLaw

      There should be a law against suggesting things like that.

  • MirthaTidville

    No thanks…another chiselling timer server from the worlds biggest waste of time, space and effort..

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