Hammond time

James Denselow  |  17 July 2014

While the departure of Michael Gove may have dominated the headlines and sparked a debate as to the direction of the coalition’s education policy – William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office and replacement with Philip Hammond has gone largely unnoticed in comparison. Hammond is one of the middle-aged white men to survive what people …

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We need global leadership on phantom firms

Fiona O'Donnell MP  |  15 July 2014

Leading last year’s G8 in Lough Erne, David Cameron said that the agenda for the world’s most powerful nations should focus on trade, tax and transparency. While some progress has been made, there is of course a lot more to do – as last week’s headlines about tax-dodging popstars serve to illustrate. The House of …

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The challenge for the Israeli peace camp

Toby Greene  |  15 July 2014

The Israeli peace movement had a major relaunch last week. What, you didn’t hear about it? It was a big deal. Slick media campaign led by Haaretz; a couple of thousand delegates in a Tel Aviv hotel; cabinet ministers on the programme; even a message from Barack Obama. I am not making this up. It …

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Definitely maybe

Gary Kent  |  7 July 2014

A Kurdish television interviewer recently demanded I give a straight yes or no answer on Iraqi Kurdish independence. It was difficult because, as Donald Rumsfeld would say, there are so many known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. But I have been deliberately diplomatic about this for longer. British imperialism played a major role in …

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The US on Independence Day

Inside Washington  |  4 July 2014

It is always strange as a Brit celebrating American Independence Day in the United States when the event they are celebrating is when they kicked the British out of the country. When Americans bring it up I make a few bad jokes about how everyone would be better off if they were still a colony, …

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Only a pro-Trident policy holds water

John Woodcock MP  |  2 July 2014

This week’s Trident commission report was generously funded by a number of groups backing unilateral disarmament, but it has concluded that a continued nuclear deterrent is an important part of Britain’s security. Authored by senior politicians of all three parties, defence specialists and academics, the commission’s members came to a unanimous conclusion that the United …

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Conflict fatigue must not become a paralysing straitjacket

John Woodcock MP  |  16 June 2014

There was something deeply depressing about the headlines on teaching British values in our schools this weekend. Not the idea itself, though most teachers have presumably been asking what exactly the government thinks they do all day if not that. Rather, it was depressing that David Cameron thought it was the most important thing to …

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The time for warm words is long past

Gary Kent  |  12 June 2014

Iraq will be on the verge of disaster if we do not see urgent action to reverse its fast-moving and bloody crises, which have been needlessly aggravated by the actions of its prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. Six years ago, I met Maliki in Baghdad on a Labour Friends of Iraq delegation to press the case …

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Here we go again

Gary Kent  |  30 May 2014

Here we go again. John Chilcot’s official Iraq inquiry, which was established in 2009 and has yet to report, has already lasted longer than the first world war and slightly less long so far than the second world war, and continues to generate more heat than light. The latest kerfuffle is a stand-off over many …

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UK and Israeli Labour: strengthening ties

Hilik Bar  |  11 April 2014

The British and Israeli Labour parties are sister parties and founding members of the Socialist International. The parties share core values in their commitment to social democracy. The time has come to rejuvenate the historic links between the parties for the sake of social democracy in both countries and for the cause of peace in …

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