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Why liberals turn a blind eye to the global persecution of Christians

2 September 2019 16:41

The new episode of Holy Smoke is about the persecution of Christians. That’s a familiar concept, even if we don’t…

Why Priti Patel is wrong about overseas aid and immigration

9 July 2017 11:26

The Empire for International Development has a tough job justifying its deeply unpopular budget. In recent years, it has made out that…

Why foreign aid fails – and how to really help Africa

22 April 2017 13:23

The British government is strikingly generous in foreign aid donation But if money alone were the solution we would be…

Priti Patel is wrong: mass migration is a sign of rising prosperity, not poverty

26 December 2016 10:25

Perhaps the worst excuse for Britain’s massive international aid budget is that the cash will stem immigration pressures because richer countries…

Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

Why do our leaders continue to squander money on overseas aid?

17 April 2015 10:27

One of the more bizarre mysteries of contemporary British politics is the ironclad, almost fanatical intensity of the government’s commitment…

Why can’t Justine Greening pretend to enjoy her job?

29 September 2013 16:11

Does Justine Greening enjoy being International Development Secretary? I ask only because while the text of her speech to the…

A mass grave and a refugee camp for Syrians – Iraqi Kurdistan teaches that military intervention can work

10 June 2013 17:16

Two experiences stand out from my recent visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq: meeting refugees fleeing Syria at the…

Can you help Andrew Mitchell?

10 January 2013 16:22

Andrew Mitchell, formerly of DFID, urgently needs Coffee Housers’ help. It seems he won’t believe DFID wastes money, unless he…

Labour conference: Ivan Lewis fakes a battle with the Tories over aid

1 October 2012 12:02

Ivan Lewis used his speaking slot this morning to launch a series of attacks on the attitude of many Conservatives…

Appointment of new chief whip Andrew Mitchell sends clear signal to Tory rebels

3 September 2012 22:34

Andrew Mitchell’s appointment as chief whip sends out several messages to Conservative MPs. First, the decision to move a high-performing…