Category Archives: Lynne Featherstone

The Politics of International Development in major UK Political Parties


It is pretty well known that after the New Labour government won power in 1997, international or global development became a key priority issue of discussion amongst both the government and the legislature. Continue reading

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Is overseas aid an instrument of soft power?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
I was giving evidence to a UK House of Lords select committee on aid as an instrument of soft power yesterday, so spent a bit of time researching what “soft power” actually means.…

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Queen’s speech 2013: The 0.7% worry, no fuss


An extremely short blog post. Based on a…tweet! Ivan Lewis ‏@IvanLewis_MP Leaving 0.7 bill out of Queens speech shows Camerons weakness + lurch to right. + yet another eg of @nick_clegg’s impotence.#brokenpromise Again, I’ve no political affiliation. Nevertheless, I wonder … Continue reading

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It’s not really such a great aid mystery


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The latest edition of The Spectator carries an opinion piece by Jonathan Foreman entitled The Great Aid Mystery http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8808521/the-great-aid-mystery/. In a diatribe laced with rather tired tropes, and whose style undermines the argument he makes, Foreman’s…

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Goodbye Mitchell and O’Brien, Hello Greening and Featherstone


ell, cabinet reshuffles usually are suppose to be for the better. For the Coalition Government of the UK, it surprisingly (in my view) shifted the grey haired Andrew Mitchell was shifted to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip. Many have termed that as promotion in terms of Cabinet ranking. I’m not an expert on British politics or British Government issues. Anyway… Continue reading

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