Author Archives: Richard Darlington

Has anyone else woken up this morning with a G8 hangover?

Has anyone else woken up this morning with a G8 hang-over? Maybe it’s just me? Maybe I drank too much of the Kool-aid but weren’t we expecting a bit better than this?

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UK aid to South Africa: cock-up, rather than conspiracy?

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.

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Freedom from want is nothing without the freedom from fear

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.

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Cameron can’t ‘give the aid budget to MoD’ because he can’t change the law

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.

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Almost a million young people are still NEET

This generation of young people do not deserve to be abandoned. They deserve a far greater opportunity than they are currently getting.

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£25bn welfare cuts? Hilton’s plan is absolute nonsense

Even The Sun, the ultimate scrounger bashers, thinks Steve Hilton’s latest idea is “daft”, writes Richard Darlington, head of news at the IPPR.

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Vote 2012: Voting is a duty, not a right

Voting is a duty, not a right, writes Richard Darlington, head of news at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

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Budget 2012: Breaking down the benefits bill

On budget day, Richard Darlington, head of news at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), presents a detailed breakdown of the benefits bill.

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New record high for NEETs in 2011 – but why?

IPPR’s Richard Darlington looks at why there’s been such a rocket in the number of NEETs in 2011. Is it EMA? Is it the Future Jobs Fund? Is it just the Tories?

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Somali pirates need jobs or jail, not ransom or death

IPPR’s Richard Darlington argues that simply using the stick to deal with Somali piracy will be ineffective – a carrot must be offered as well.

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