We need to have a Foreign Affairs Committee that mixes idealism with clear thinking – and holds the Foreign Office to account.
Posts Tagged: Overseas Aid
Africa is home to 16 per cent of the world’s population, and this is set to double by 2050. Its GDP is expected to reach $3.2 trillion in the next five years.
The International Development Secretary won’t be drawn on the Prime Minister’s previous comments on his budget or his Department.
Edward Parson: Keep the International Development Department. But scrap the 0.7 per cent aid target.
DFID managed its portfolio with far greater efficiency than the Foreign Office. But it should improve how it aligns traditional aid objectives with Britain’s goals.
Tom Tugendhat: The three foreign policy actions that Johnson should take now that he has this huge majority
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government and Whitehall.
We should measure the success of our aid programmes by the good we achieve, not simply by the amount of money we spend.
Patrick Spencer: Some advice for the new Conservative leader. Stick to these three ideas to boost productivity.
The new Chancellor should stick to the basics of cutting taxes, spending more on education and rebalancing growth outside of London.
Iain Mansfield: Brexit by October 31. Stop using the Left’s language. And stand for skilled workers. Essentials for our next Prime Minister.
Which candidate can devise and push through the policies needed to unite the Tory shires with the Leave voters of the north?
He is the only candidate who can further the work of the project to which Esther McVey and I are so committed.
Stephen Crabb and Desmond Swayne: The next Prime Minister must uphold Britain’s commitment to overseas aid
It’s so much more than charity: it bolsters our diplomacy and nurtures trading partners and military allies around the world.
This is a contribution to the debate – now let’s see what the candidates offer during the week ahead.
He is one of the few middle-ranking Ministers who, while others were fleeing for the hills, girded himself up – and went out to fight for May’s Brexit deal.