Tag Archives: UK Parliament

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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When Google helps, Mary Creagh’s Written Questions


The new and last Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (unless the Labour Party loses the 2015 General Election), posted similar written question to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for … 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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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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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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Shadowing DFID: Mitchell vs Harman


It’s one thing unique and wonderful that after 1997 all three major British political parties supported the need to focus on International Development and increase aid with a focus not on tying aid to British commercial interests but that of poverty reduction…but the Shadow Minister and his/her team must come up with a viable development -centred policy, not a political centred development policy Continue reading

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