Tag Archives: UK Foreign Policy

No, no, no, it does not turnupsavelives


The 0.7% fetish reached its zenith today as the 0.7% bill by Michael Moore was passed today see this twitter announcement. Great, an archaic target is reached by the UK 45 years after it was not legally enshrined in the … 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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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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Senior Tory accuses EU of “squandering” Britain’s aid budget.


Originally posted on The Truth is Where?:
By Robert Mendick and Andrew Gilligan  29th September 2012. Find Full Article Here:- A senior Government minister has accused the European Union of squandering Britain’s international aid budget on schemes that often have…

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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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Who should give and how much? The case of the East African Famine crisis


The East African famine crisis is worsening and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) calling for action and more financial contributions . The usual donors have responded, albeit weakly, especially due to the US “debt ceiling” debacle, the US downgrading … Continue reading

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