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Johnson’s Win is a loss for British power

Published On: December 19, 2019 08:15 AM NPT By: Gordon Brown

LONDON – With Brexit dominating the United Kingdom’s agonizing general election this month, a number of momentous policy proposals have received little to no discussion. Chief among these is right-wing Conservatives’ plan to abolish the UK Department for International Development. Now that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority, the DFID could soon be subsumed into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which would then take charge of administering Britain’s £14 billion ($18.6 billion) annual aid budget.

Britain after Trump and Brexit

Published On: June 9, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Gordon Brown

LONDON – After three days of pomp and ceremony that presented an image of a seemingly unchanging Britain, US President Donald Trump has now departed London. But beneath the veneer of pageantry, Britain is consumed not only by a stalled Brexit and the unending debate about it, but also by a far more profound crisis of identity: a struggle to rediscover what it is to be British.

Europe’s refugee scandal

Published On: September 20, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Gordon Brown

Fewer than half of school-age refugee children attend school, not even one in four make it to secondary school and under one percent pursue a higher education

Social impact investment paid off

Published On: August 6, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Gordon Brown

Progress usually occurs incrementally, bit by bit. But sometimes a big idea can thoroughly transform our view of what is possible