Foreign & Defence

Foreign & Defence

Want to end global poverty? End the global welfare state

Want to end global poverty? End the global welfare state

British aid money is being used to prop up dictators and deny basic property rights to the worlds poorest individuals. Earlier this year a supposedly Conservative government enshrined in law a binding commitment to spend 0.7 percent GDP – currently around £12 billion – on foreign aid (largely because the […]

by × December 6, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence

Boris Johnson’s sympathy for the PKK and Peshmerga

Boris Johnson’s sympathy for the PKK and Peshmerga

Boris Johnson has spoken out on the recent sentencing of Shilan Özçelik. She is the first Briton to be convicted of trying to join the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a movement which is fighting for Kurdish rights as well as Democratic Confederalism. It is an ideology which is flexible, multi-cultural, […]

by × December 6, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence

MPs during a Eurosceptic amendment vote expressing regret that the Government had not included an EU referendum Bill in the Queen's Speech, which won the support of 130 MPs tonight, in the House of Commons, London.

Should MPs vote in favour of bombing Syria?

There is to be a one-day Commons debate and vote on Wednesday over UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria. This is a debate about whether MPs should endorse the prime minster’s strategy and vote in favour of commencing air strikes in Syria. Yes – Neil Wilson When we […]

by × December 1, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence

The defence of the Falklands must take  centre stage in Anglo-Chinese relations

The defence of the Falklands must take
centre stage in Anglo-Chinese relations

Foreign policy is much more than trade and investment promotion Chinese Leader Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom has been met with grand-sounding headlines, including references to a “golden era”. Public statements by both governments have focused on growing economic links, while some voices referred to human rights […]

by × October 22, 2015 ×

Capitalism, Foreign & Defence

The African lion is finally roaring; Why is this story failing to travel to the West?

The African lion is finally roaring; Why is
this story failing to travel to the West?

Conspiracy theorists on the continent are having a field day calling this the sabotage of Africa’s success story; a deliberate attempt by the Western world to stop Africa from finally becoming its own master. Are they onto something? If we focus on the Department for International Development (DfID) in the […]

by × August 2, 2015 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The EU renegotiation is a phoney war

The EU renegotiation is a phoney war

The EU renegotiations have begun and I am as cynical as I have always been. I have always maintained that the referendum will be effectively rigged, the debate will be dominated by myth and fear mongering and the whole renegotiation exercise is a smoke screen designed to fool the public […]

by × May 31, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence, Foreign Affairs

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

For the last thirty years Eastern Europe has been in a continuous state of upheaval. Be it the collapse  of communism, the fall of the Berlin wall, or the wars in the Balkans, instability remains a constant and enduring feature in the region. The uprising in Ukraine has been given […]

by × March 6, 2014 ×

Foreign & Defence

Conflict: conventional force still has a role to play

Conflict: conventional force still has a role
to play

The accumulation of nuclear weapons over the past 60 years has virtually prohibited powerful states from ever going to war with one another again. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) has made it considerably difficult for a state with nuclear weapons capability to attack another state with similar capabilities and still hope […]

by × July 27, 2013 ×

Foreign & Defence

Atomic: The United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent

Atomic: The United Kingdom’s nuclear
deterrent

The renewal of the United Kingdom’s independent nuclear deterrent has always stirred intense debate over the years. It is no surprise that politicians within the coalition government are at odds with each other over what course to take. The Trident weapons system the UK currently uses will come to the […]

by × July 26, 2013 ×