Archive for September, 2008

Giving the Countryside its own seat at the Table

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

While Gordon Brown is looking for a reshuffle to save his bacon, I have a suggestion. DEFRA, the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs seems to me an unwieldy and bizarre agglomeration of functions. Its predecessor MAFF wasn't much better (and apocryphally served as the budget pot for spooks). ...

Spending Plans

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I'm starting to think my political antennae are twitching well – shortly after David Cameron's election, I suggested that the Conservative party should challenge the apparent hegemony of Labour for "progressivism". I even contemplated the idea of a think tank called "ConGress" ("where conservatism and progressivism come together") and floated ...

DORBAG

Monday, September 8th, 2008

One of the disadvantages in living in the countryside is that the small population is often drowned out by nearby urban areas. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the media – TV, radio, internet – in its attempt at providing regional news. Despite having a vibrant identity and being ...

What I learned in Rwanda

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Before joining Project Umubano, the Conservative trip to Rwanda, I think I had a patronisingly Western view on how development work was done, despite working in the NGO sector. Very "us" and "them". Being part of the private sector team, for my part working at the School of Finance ...