We still see cases where there is a fundamental disconnect between British foreign policy and British aid. Today, the most perverse example of this lies in Yemen.
Osborne launches his new think-tank today, and the project that he championed will continue – though with differences.
The new Communities Secretary sees the construction of more homes as his priority. It is a daunting political mission.
These organisations have that strong public service ethos – but also employ the entrepreneurialism and commercial discipline of the private sector.
“Within a few months of the election the Treasury and two other departments tried take foreign students out of the migration statistics altogether.”
Plus: the downfall of Boles. This Eagle won’t fly. What to do with Gove? Cameron should become Foreign Secretary. And: Out there in the country, Blair is still popular.
The focus on leaving the EU needs to be balanced by a powerful new Department for Growth, with a mandate to devolve power and drive up regional prosperity.
It isn’t the first time Conservatives have been frustrated at the dominance of hard left cliques on campus.
The lack of UK content specified in major projects is costing economy dearly in terms of lost jobs and business, and it’s unacceptable for the Government to stand idly by.
It would bring coherence and skill to project implementation and management – and there are plenty of others to be abolished or amalgamated.
The last in a series of three extracts from a new book of essays from Conservative Friends of International Development and Save the Children.