Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the category “Overseas Development”

Reasons to be Fearful – 1,2,3

  1. Putin
  2. May
  3. Trump

Possibly in that order! Read more…

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What about the Elephants?

This (2015 UK) General Election seems to consist of lots of minor and pretty irrelevant skirmishes. The major issues seem to be un-addressed in the election.

So what are these elephants in the room? Read more…

I’m thinking what he’s thinking!

Today I find myself agreeing with Lord Howard – the former Conservative Leader, Michael Howard – possibly best remembered for his election slogan “Are you thinking what we are thinking?” – which was met with a resounding “No”.

He has shot back at the mayor of Calais – who has been complaining about the lack of action by the UK to stem the numbers of migrants loitering around that town waiting for a chance to sneak into the UK.

For someone who dislikes the whole tone of the Conservatives’ attitude to foreigners, finding myself agreeing with a politician whose politics are drier than Tio Pepe, is a little disconcerting. Read more…

The Evil of Female Genital Mutilation

The evil of Female Genital Mutilation is back in the news headlines again:

David Cameron has said female genital mutilation (FGM) and childhood forced marriage should be stopped worldwide “within this generation”.

Speaking at a global summit in London, the prime minister said Britain had no “special magic” to stop the practices – so global action was needed.

Mr Cameron has also unveiled measures to tackle FGM in England and Wales.
BBC News Website 22 July 2014 : FGM summit: Cameron calls for end ‘in this generation’

I find myself wondering if this is mere noise – window dressing if you like – an attempt to be seen to be saying the right thing about this despicable practice. We need to do more.

(This post contains a quote from the BBC Website which graphically describes the practices involved).

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