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Penny Mordaunt MP

The eternal opportunity

A list of announcements that for the first time in history we can eradicate poverty.

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Theresa May’s letter to EU citizens does not guarantee key rights

Theresa May says that citizens’ rights are her first priority. She means that her first priority is to curtail them.

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What rights will EU citizens in the UK lose?

This is a good round-up of the rights that EU citizens living in the UK seem likely to lose, notwithstanding the government’s protestations that their rights will be largely unchanged. I list them here, but they are better explained in the article. The right to go abroad The right to fall in love with a … Continue reading What rights will EU citizens in the UK lose?

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Religious zealots should mind their own business

How dare religious zealots impose their wicked views on the rest of us?

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Brian Barder 1934-2017 – A life well lived

On the death of my father, Brian Barder. A life well lived.

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Otepää Ironman 70.3 Race Report

We had the pleasure of taking part of the Otepää Ironman 70.3 in both 2016 and 2017.  Highly recommended.

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Have we reached peak global?

Better global policies have brought about unprecedented improvements in many people’s lives. The right response to the present political challenge to this agenda is to do a far, far better job of making sure that we properly manage the negative effects for people who have lost out, and work much, much harder to share the gains more widely.

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Navigating with the Garmin Forerunner 920XT

How to get turn by turn directions on a Garmin Forerunner 920XT

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What Can International Development Learn From Britain’s Olympic Team?

Getting on the bandwagon of identifying lessons from Team GB’s relative success at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Brexit and Truthiness

In which I fact check and annotate today’s Vote Leave leaflet

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Do middle-income countries really get more aid than low-income countries?

Hans Rosling, using ODI data, said that middle income countries get three times as much aid as low income countries, per person in poverty. Actually low income countries get 79% more aid per poor person than middle income countries.

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Aid transparency: are we nearly there?

There is good news and bad news in the 2016 Aid Transparency Index, which is published today.

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The sun shines on Ardbeg distillery warehouse

Why taxing global companies is hard

Should the profits on scotch whisky be taxed in Scotland, where it is made, or China where it is sold? And what about Google?

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Share the Road

Why cyclists cycle in the middle of the lane.

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Will we be the first generation to eradicate malaria?

This isn’t the first time that Bill Gates and the UK government have announced a $3bn plan to eradicate malaria.

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Price discrimination and welfare costs

There is nothing inherently wrong with price discrimination. But some of the mechanisms firms use to enforce it have huge welfare costs.

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Hillary Clinton attends the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting at The Shertaon New York Hotel on September 25, 2013 in New York City.

When the US Secretary of State reads your blog posts

One of my blog posts (written with Kim Elliott) ended up on Hillary Clinton’s desk according to the latest batch of released emails.

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