WebsiteRichard is Head of News at IPPR. He was Special Adviser to Douglas Alexander at DFID and advised Douglas Alexander in his role as Labour's General Election Co-ordinator. After the election he was Head of the Open Left project at Demos and was previously Special Adviser to Ruth Kelly at DfE.
The case for progressive internationalism is as strong as ever, but for us to have purchase on the issue of global poverty, Britain needs a presence in these countries beyond our Embassies or High Commissions.
In the last year, across the world, 30 per cent of internet users have faced increased restrictions on accessing content. The Association for Progressive Communications estimates that over 45 states have imposed some kind of online restrictions.
David Cameron told reporters this week that he would be open to the idea of aid money being spent on military peacekeeping operations. The prime minister won’t be able to fill gaps in the defence budget with aid money, however, because the law won’t allow it.