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Bye Joyce, welcome Michael


A little belated welcome, but hello Lord Bates as Minister of State at DFID, speaking to the House of Lords. He replaces he Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, who will continue in her role as a Minister … Continue reading

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Soft Power


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s influence published its report this week, comeplete with mind map and pages and pages of evidence. http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/soft-power-uk-influence/SoftPowerEvVol2.pdf Their report urges the…

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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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How dare you not legislate 0.7%…


UK MPs are known, via the media, for having expenses scandals, complaining about intrusion into privacy or other little things which may result in their re-election or booting out. On the issue of spending 0.7% of GNI (or GDP or whatever measurement of an economy), however, almost all MPs are set on it so much that there was a furious debate on it being missed out as a legislation for the current parliamentary session 2012-2013. Continue reading

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All of Labour and International Development?


It’s often claimed in British politics that the Labour Party was the party that threw the refocus of the UK onto international development and that all its members, especially those in both houses–the House of Commons and the House of … Continue reading

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