Category Archives: Weekly Round-up

A Week in Foreign Policy – Trends for 2012

It has been a busy week in the international arena; an assassination in Iran, Syria descending further into civil war, results of elections in Egypt, alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan and Burma(Myanmar) coming in from the cold. We are but fourteen days into the new year and we are already seeing the seeds of new crises, conflicts and political tensions – not to mention the continuation of old rivalries and problem cases. The last seven days could give an indication of future trends in international politics for 2012 and the complexities that western policy-makers will face.

More positively, we are seeing potential glimmers of hope; democratic movements are gaining a foothold across the world, especially in the Middle East and Asia. Policy-makers and global strategists will be keenly watching events as they unfold, trying to predict just what 2012 may have in store for us. Their lack of foresight in 2011 and their failure to predict events – especially the Arab Spring movement – will lead to a greater push to be proactive rather than reactive.

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The Christmas gift in the Autumn Statement

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George Osborne once said he wanted to put an end to the mini-budget occasions of the Autumn Statement. It’s safe to say that is another target he has missed. In what seems like an age ago, Osborne announced a slew of figures, accompanied by a smattering of initiatives. Aside from the disappointment over the state of the economy, most of the announcements delivered with much fanfare were underwhelming. Osborne also pulled another trick out of Gordon Brown’s hat and rushed through many of his tough announcements. One that did draw some attention from inside the chamber however, was his plan to give a subsidy of £50 to every customer of South West Water, in an attempt to help those customers with their water bills. So what’s the big deal? Plenty, actually. Click here to keep reading

Welcome to Politics Matters – From Whitehall to Townhall

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Welcome to Politics Matters – The Online Political Magazine.The idea for Politics Matters grew out of a smaller politics-based blog previously edited by the current editor of Politics Matters, Richard Cressey. Politics Matters has three primary aims:

1. To create a virtual community dedicated to communicating and analysing political developments in the UK and further afield.

2. To provide high quality analysis and scrutiny of political developments in the UK, from Whitehall to Townhall.

3. To widen participation and engagement in politics.

These three aims provide the broad ethos behind Politics Matters and all work undertaken in the name of Politics Matters will relate directly to one of these three aims.

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