Hello Priti Patel and immediate thoughts

Hello Priti Patel what have you focused on previously regarding international development. Oh Not much. Wait you once said :

A long-term strategic assessment is required, including the consideration to replace DfID with a Department for International Trade and Development in order to enable the UK to focus on enhancing trade with the developing world and seek out new investment opportunities in the global race.

“It is possible to bring more prosperity to the developing world and enable greater wealth transfers to be made from the UK by fostering greater trade and private sector investment opportunities

“Pretty good” for a Secretary of State who has to defend the fixed 0.7% of GNP/GNI position and one who is in charge of the most hated government department by the Tories. Oh the 0.7% fetish lovers will scream murder alright but she does have a point on trade, if the kind of trade is pro-development, not neoliberal or capitalist in nature.

Adding more the “DFID is doomed” part is that there is a “new” Cabinet-level department called “International Trade”, headed by once-Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox. How this department, along with the “new” “Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy” department (with control over climate change issues) will affect the UK’s 0.7% or overall Official Development Assistance (ODA), one doesn’t know. As Owen Barder placed it, “they [the Conservative Government] are committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA according to the DAC definition of ODA” and “Except that they [the Conservative Government] have a recent manifesto commitment and a UK law requiring them not to drop it”.

Welcome Priti Patel to a job you probably did not want and may hate?

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