DEFID Secretary Patel Should be Supported for Using Aid to Promote UK Interest

Now we hear that Department for  International Development DEFID  will “leverage” its £11 billion foreign aid budget to build a series of new trade deals as it leaves the European Union.  Priti Patel, Secretary of State for DEFID efforts should be applauded and supported not sneered at as the British left is trying to do

Priti Patel, who last month became the the Secretary of State for DEFID, the very department  she wanted to abolish a few years ago, and her ministers will use meetings with foreign leaders from countries that receive foreign aid to “open the door” to new deals.

Current  rules bar Britain from explicitly tying trade deals to foreign aid, Mrs Patel plans to use the department’s budget in Britain’s “national interest”  to help with the Brexit process. Ms Patel, who was a high profile Vote Leave campaigner,  has already held meetings with Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, to discuss how they can use Britain’s foreign aid budget to bolster trade deals.

Expect loud  protest from the left lead by bbc, but this has been many backbenchers ( of both parties ) demand for long time reflecting concerns by their constituents especially in areas suffering from cuts to public services.

Britain is just about the only countries that gives aid without questions (we still give aid to countries like China and India).

America ( and most countries) foreign aid comes with conditions like buying American products and getting American construction contractors to build projects and manage them in the countries recipient of the aid. Aids linked to education and training have conditions attached like sending those countries graduates for higher education training in American institutions

Call me old fashioned but foreign aid is one of the tools of diplomacy which itself is an instrument of foreign policy . Common sense indicates that foreign policy should be designed to serve national interest not as a shop-window for politicians vanity or to be serving other entities projects like EU or UN or USA. DEFID secretary Patel is on the right track and should be supported.

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HM Government in full

here is the fully government with all posts filled as of 18 July 2016

Here is a full list of HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT

18 July 2016. Headed by the Right Honourable Theresa May MP** as Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service 

HM Treasury

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP**
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon David Gauke MP***
  • Financial Secretary – Jane Ellison MP
  • Economic Secretary – Simon Kirby MP
  • Commercial Secretary – Lord O’Neill of Gatley*

 

  • Home Office
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department – Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP**
  • Minister of State – Brandon Lewis MP
  • Minister of State – Ben Wallace MP
  • Minister of State – Robert Goodwill MP
  • Minister of State – Baroness Williams of Trafford
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Sarah Newton MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Baroness Shields OBE (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)*

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP**
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE (jointly with the Department for International Development)
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Tobias Ellwood MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Alok Sharma MP

Ministry of Defence

  • Secretary of State for Defence – Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP**
  • Minister of State – Mike Penning MP
  • Minister of  State – Rt Hon Earl Howe (and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords)*
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Mark Lancaster TD MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Harriett Baldwin MP

Ministry of Justice

  • Lord Chancellor,  and Secretary of State for Justice*­­– Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP**
  • Minister of State – Sir Oliver Heald QC MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State –  Sam Gyimah MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Phillip Lee MP

Department for Education

  • Secretary of State for Education, and Minister for Women and Equalities – Rt Hon Justine Greening MP**
  • Minister of State – Jo Johnson MP (jointly with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Minister of State – Nick Gibb MP
  • Minister of State – Edward Timpson MP
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Nash*
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Caroline Dinenage MP

Department for Exiting the European Union

  • Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Rt Hon David Davis MP**
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon David Jones MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Bridges of Headley MBE
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Robin Walker MP

Department for International Trade

  • Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade – Rt Hon Liam Fox MP**
  • Minister of State – Lord Price CVO
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Mark Garnier MP

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP**
  • Minister of State – Jo Johnson MP (jointly with the Department for Education)
  • Minister of State – Nick Hurd MP
  • Minister of State – Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Margot James MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jesse Norman MP

Department of Health

  • Secretary of State for Health – Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP**
  • Minister of State – Philip Dunne MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Nicola Blackwood MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – David Mowat MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Prior of Brampton

Department for Work and Pensions

  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Rt Hon Damian Green MP**
  • Minister of State – Penny Mordaunt MP
  • Minister of State –  Damian Hinds MP
  • Minister of State – Lord Freud*
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Caroline Nokes MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Richard Harrington MP

Department for Transport

  • Secretary of State for Transport – Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP**
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon John Hayes MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Paul Maynard MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State ­ – Andrew Jones MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP**
  • Minister of State – Gavin Barwell MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Andrew Percy MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Marcus Jones MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (jointly with the Wales Office)

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

  • Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons – Rt Hon David Lidington MP**
  • Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons)* – Michael Ellis MP (and Assistant Whip (paid))

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

  • Lord Privy Seal,  and Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park**
  • Deputy Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Earl Howe (and Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence)*

Scotland Office

  • Secretary of State for Scotland – Rt Hon David Mundell MP**
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Dunlop(jointly with the Northern Ireland Office)

Wales Office

  • Secretary of State for Wales –  Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP**
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State*– Guto Bebb MP (and Government Whip (paid))
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government)

Northern Ireland Office

  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP**
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Kris Hopkins MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Dunlop(jointly with the Scotland Office)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP**
  • Minister of State – George Eustice MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Thérèse Coffey MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Department for International Development

  • Secretary of State for International Development – Rt Hon Priti Patel MP**
  • Minister of State – Rory Stewart OBE MP
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – James Wharton MP

Cabinet Office

  • Paymaster General, and Minister for the Cabinet Office  – Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP***
  • Parliamentary Secretary – Chris Skidmore MP

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

  • Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP**
  • Minister of State – Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Tracey Crouch MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Rob Wilson MP
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Baroness Shields OBE (jointly with the Home Office)*
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State*– Lord Ashton of Hyde (and a Lord in Waiting (paid))
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster*(and Conservative Party Chair) – Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP***

Law Officers

  • Attorney General –  Jeremy Wright MP***
  • Solicitor General – Robert Buckland MP
  • Advocate General for Scotland – Lord Keen of Elie QC

Whips – House of Commons

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP***
  • Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) –  Rt Hon Anne Milton MP
  • Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip) – Mel Stride MP
  • Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) – Julian Smith MP

Junior Lords of the Treasury

  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – David Evennett MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Guto Bebb MP (and a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office*)
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Stephen Barclay MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Guy Opperman MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Robert Syms MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)  – Andrew Griffiths MP*

Assistant Whips

  • Assistant Government Whip – Jackie Doyle-Price MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Graham Stuart MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Heather Wheeler MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Chris Heaton-Harris MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Mark Spencer MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Christopher Pincher MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Steve Brine MP*
  • Assistant Government Whip – Michael Ellis MP (and a Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Leader of the Commons*)

Whips – House of Lords

  • Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (Lords Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
  • Captain of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip) – Earl of Courtown

Baronesses and Lords in Waiting

  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Goldie DL
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Mobarik CBE
  • Lord in Waiting – Lord Ashton of Hyde (and a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport*)
  • Lord in Waiting – Viscount Younger of Leckie

Other appointments

  • Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen as spokesperson on Cabinet Office business in the House of Lords
  • Lord Keen of Elie QC as spokesperson on Ministry of Justice business in the House of Lords
  • Lord Younger of Leckie as spokesperson on Higher Education business in the House of Lords.
  • George Hollingbery MP as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary

*     unpaid, **   full member of Cabinet, *** attends Cabinet, †      paid as a Parliamentary Secretary

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Understanding the Escalating Saudi Iranian Row

Our media led by BBC try to simplify the latest diplomatic crisis in the Middle East – which led to severing of diplomatic relations between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran ( with two other countries following the Saudis action)- into Shia-Sunni sectarian rivalry resulting from the execution of Iran backed Shia cleric. This is a load of nonsense which leads to misunderstanding and misleading public opinion. It is far more complicated as many forces who adhere to the Shia faith (Morocco shia sects and those in North Africa nd Sudan) back KSA, while trends and forces who are devote Sunnis are backing Iran against the Saudis (Turkey for example is Sunni, so are Hamas and many Palestinian factions as well as the Muslim Brotherhood are all Sunni hardliners but are against Saudi Arabia especially in Yemen but are also against Assad in Syria.
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who to fight first: ISIL or Assad. Is there a choice?

Who to fight First, ISIL terror entity or the Syrian dictator… is there really a choice for Britain? we should get our priorities right and list the dangers in descending order if we were to answer. The House of commons vote last week ( Dec 2,2015) by a majority of 174 to back Prime Minister David Cameron’s motion to extend the RAF mission into areas controlled by the terrorist entity the Islamic state ( or ISIl – the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has accelerated a legitimate debate about priorities and who is the real enemy and the tactical realignment within the a larger strategy as with whom should the United kingdom and her allies. Some who understand history and reality of the region and Islamism correctly argue that the Islamic State terror entity is a real danger that we must fight. Others with motives hard to understand, or being anti the idea of extending air-campaign to or just have little experience, argue that we should get rid of Assad regime in Syria first before fighting isil, which is utter nonsense

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Syria Commons Vote

There has been some nonsense argument from the left wing anti-war or stop the war and others against extending the RAF mission into Syria to destroy the Islamic State Terror bases.

here is an example from BBC radio4 Today programme this morning at 08;55 . John Humphrys interviewed BBC security hack  Frank Gardner on specific question: will attacks on ISIL in Syria have backlash here in UK and expose us to more attacks like 7/7 type?

Gradenr adamant if we bomb reqqa ISIL would attack london because of the propaganda value  – which is at best guess work no fact based analysis. A security military  expert interviewed also on the same item  refuted Gardner’s guess. He  told him it doesn’t mean that attacking ISIL in Syria would some how give the terrorist another means to increase their  capabilities and enhance their tools  to carry out new attacks more than what they are capable of doing now. He also  quoted congress report  how USA drone  attacks reduced. Alqaeda capabilities to do us harm and carry out more attacks.

Gardener  changed the argument to an issue (not mentioned in question)  to say a British A british pilot might fall into their hands ( even though pilots are already flying ISIL areas in Iraq)  and bombs might hit civilians (although the question was: will attacking reqqa put us in more risk in london )

Pat McFaden Labour, Wolverhampton South East, totally belittled this view as ” children fantasy dividing world into victims (Muslims) and perpetrators (the west) and it absolves the terrorists from responsibility. He argues it is also not a new military intervention, it is an extension of action already taking place  .

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First Night- review of ” Evening At The Talk House” National Theatre, London

First Night – National Theatre  ( unusual to have a theatre review here but our worlmedia website is down for technical problems, so it is here temporarily )

Labelled by American newspapers (like the New York Times)  A murder mystery, “Evening at the Talk House”  by American actor and playwright Wallace Shawn ( world premier opened at the National Theatre  Dorfman Theatre Tuesday 24 November ) wasn’t  certainly  seen  this way by our reviewer. This very well produced (not all the acting on same level as the sympathetic tight production by director Ian Rickson)  is a mixture of streams running into wider emotional valley. A subtle political statement on how far things can go when futuristic society self-righteous authorities can take individuals out  for the general good; ruining parallel some human psychology on how individual behaviour can vibrate from speaking one’s inner thoughts, to that in two-hander conversation, to a discussion argument in a group, as well as how much our present  scares us that the  raft we cling into would be our memories of a safer past.

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Turkey shoots down Russian Jet- Putin accuses Ankara of aiding Terrorists

The Turkmen Tribes who captured the two Russian pilots killed them on the spot instead of handing them over to their Turkish backers. They have been aiding ISIL in smuggling supplies. Russian are fighting Islamic State terror group and attacking supply lines managed by the Turkmen in the area of the borders where the SU24 was shot down . Many questions on the Turkish version of events.

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Putin Acts, to replace western “ military masturbation” in Syria©

The circle which Our western leaders dont seem to be able to square is: They claim that a US led coalition of 9 nation fighting Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria (without much success) by an air campaign, now Russia is in hitting targets and destroying heavy ISIL weapons, the western leaders are complaining and condemning Russia. In fact Russia has a strategy of preserving Syria geographical integrity as one nation; while western policy ( deliberate or misguided) is tearing Syria apart which Russia sees asagainst its long term interest .  America, EU and  our UK Government, who have no coherent strategy on Syria ( I am being kind here to the west) ; now Russia, which do have a long term strategy and clear tactical objectives in the short term, decided to take action against the most menacing  threat facing civilisation today, namely Islamists terrorism.  The Islamic State terrorism which is not confined to the Levant ( Islamic State in Iraq and Levant ISIL) but is a world threat as this entity is modeled  on ( and seriously emulating) the seventh and eighth centuries Islamic conquests with the aim of  establising a neo-Islamic empire they call a worldwide caliphate, which recognises no national borders  ( only idiots won’t realise those objectives especially when they changed the name from ISIL into just “Islamic Stare” ), a danger of Which President Putin has been aware for over a decade. He banned Muslim Bortherhood and other similar organisations who are a front to terrorist groups long time ago, while here in the west we still deal with such vile Islamo-fascist groups.Now Russia is taking genuine action, USA and UK governments are displaying first class hypocrisy as well as making foolish statements. A coalition led by the United States declaring they are fighting the Islamic state by an air campaign for most of this year; yet they are condemning Russia for taking action targeting those very terrorists… so are USA led coalition fighting the terrorists or not?

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Islamisation by Stealth- old report on “Intellectual Terrorism” revisited

Looking into the horror of the Islamic State, the jihadists movements ( almost all born from the womb of the Muslim Brotherhood – despite British left, BBC and the CIA & the Foreign Office  attempts to change historic facts-) I wrote this piece , the obituary of Egyptian Television Muslim evangelist Sheikh Sharawi 15 years ago upon his death in 1999. .. Revisiting it in a research I am doing for a new book, I realised how many of the predictions came true.. hence I out it here again. I didn’t change anything or update it all.. I only out links to names and events with which people might not be too familiar.

Sheikh Mohammed Metwali Sharawi:
Islamisation by Stealth  19 June 1999, the Independent Newspaper, London

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By Adel Darwish

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