No UK Strategy in a Post EU Britain

31 Jul

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This short piece for Fromoverhere is based largely on a commentary sent to the Defence, Constitutional Affairs and National Security Strategy Parliamentary Committees as published on the DefenceSynergia website.

ASAP 2015 Political Manifesto Poverty Audit Launched

23 Apr

ASAP Audit

Today, a group of leading UK Academics launched an audit of the main political parties’ manifestos to assess the impact of their policies on UK and global poverty. With approximately 13 million people currently living in poverty in the UK, and only 2 weeks until the elections read the full report at: http://www.ukpovertyaudit.org/

Academics Stand Against Poverty: UK Political Manifestos Poverty Audit

22 Apr

ASAP Audit

Ahead of the General Election, a group of leading UK academics is launching an audit of the UK political parties’ manifestos to measure their policies’ impact on poverty.

On the future of DFID and the ‘beyond aid’ agenda. A note from Alex Evans and Owen Barder

26 Sep

Alex Evans, Senior Fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation, and Owen Barder, development economist and Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, submitted a paper to the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee last week, as written evidence to their current inquiry on the future of the Department for International Development (DFID) […]

Sovereignty is dead. Long live sovereignty.

22 Sep

What will be the narrative we tell about the past decade of UK devolution, the campaign leading up to the referendum and the past 24 hours since the “nays” carried the vote? How will we build on that chapter of our now history, to write the opening of the next chapter of our joint story?

Hammering the final nail in the coffin of UK party-based “democracy”

17 Sep

I am pretty sad to miss the Thursday 18th Sept 2014 referendum on Scottish independence– regardless of the result, it is going to be a momentous event. If only to see how Whitehall and the UK political system has managed to turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear.

When Scotland Leaves the UK: a Wikistrat simulation

16 Sep

Earlier this year, Wikistrat ran a three-week long crowdsourced simulation to map the opportunities available to an independent Scotland, risks it might face and the likely trajectories it could take as a new state. Cat was the supporting lead analyst for this project.

The business of charities is, in fact, political

4 Sep

New Minister for Civil Society Brook Newmark stated “that charities should “stick to their knitting” and keep out of politics. The new minister fails to see that one of the charity sector’s critical roles in society is as interlocutor and representative for those who are underrepresented or heard in the public debate. This is true […]