Tag Archives: UK Liberal Democrats

It’s right to question aid, but better to focus on effectiveness, rather than the 0.7%


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
A version of this post is on Huffington Post. In the UK, a parliamentary debate can be initiated by popular petition. On 13th June, Parliament will debate the proposition that the government’s approach…

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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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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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Dear DFID, could you bring back the old days?


So the UK’s esteemed Department for International Development (DFID) has moved to a fanciful new website (well that was a few months back) under the Tory-Lib Dem gov.uk domain. Personally, the new layout is terrible and every single old document, … Continue reading

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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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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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Squaring the Circle: is it time to stop this 0.7% nonsense?


Originally posted on Phil Vernon's blog:
People and organisations in the UK’s overseas development sector are getting hot under the collar. This is because the government is not prioritising legislation to enshrine a perpetual commitment to spend 0.7% of UK Gross…

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