Euston Manifesto Blog

Children Of Peace

Children Of Peace is a new charity that is already helping Israeli and Palestinian children to build friendship and trust through shared arts, education, health and sports programmes. You can read more about the organisation at their Website and make a donation via the Children Of Peace Donor Line: 0870 300 1064.

Charles Cochrane replies to the PM on Public Sector Reform

There is no serious difference between the current Labour public sector reform agenda and that of the Conservatives argues Charles Cochrane, Head of the Protect Public Services Unit of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
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Slate: How to give away a million dollars

“If I had a million dollars, which I don’t, I would give it to a little cluster of political and intellectual projects in Britain whose purpose is to renovate the liberal left with new ideas,” writes Paul Berman in Slate Magazine

link to full text of article

Debate: “The American Era: Why US Power And Primacy Are Desirable”

This Friday 10Nov06 from 14:00 to 17:00, Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University will speak to the title “The American Era: Why US power and primacy are desirable” at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Michael Cox of the London School of Economics, Richard Saull of Queen Mary, and Robert Singh of Birkbeck will respond.

The full address of the (revised) venue is Lecture Theatre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR. All are welcome. Contact olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk to attend. The event is being convened by Tim Linch of the ISA, timothy.lynch@sas.ac.uk

Bill Cooke replies to Tony Blair

Responding to the Prime Minister, Bill Cooke argues that we need to engage the progressive people engaged in delivery to work out how public sector reform can be successful.
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Peter Ryley replies to Tony Blair

The Progressive Case Against Change

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Special screening: “The Road To Hell”—Saddam’s genocide

Labour Friends of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Foreign Policy Centre are showing this film on Wednesday 15th November from 6-8pm in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House.

Veteran filmmaker Gwynne Roberts will speak after the film, which is to be shown on Channel 4 on 20th November. There will also be a Q&A with the Kurdistan-Iraq Minister on the Iraqi Special Tribunal and Kirkuk disputed territory.

The other guest speaker is Dr Mohammad Ihsan, Minister for Extra-Regional Affairs who is coming to the UK especially for this screening. Dr Ihsan’s ministry is devoted to the reintegration of originally Kurdish areas confiscated and arabized by Saddam Hussein regime, which includes Kirkuk, Mosul, Khanaqin, Mendeli, Zurbaniya, Makhmour, Shai Khan, Zumar and Sinjar.

RSVP Vian Rahman at vian.rahman@krg.org

Conference: Mid East WMD-free zone

Dan Plesch at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) writes to notify Euston Manifesto site readers of a conference in London UK next week about “The Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone”. This is jointly sponsored by the centre and Pugwash. Full details are on the conference Webpages. All Euston Manifesto supporters are invited.

Tony Blair blogs badly

Tony Blair can’t see the difference between changing and improving public services on the one hand and opening up opportunities for people to take profits out of them on the other, argues Unison NEC member, Jon Rogers.
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The progressive case for public service reform

In the summer, a number of Labour ministers posted articles setting out the progressive case for the next stage of public service reform. With the first meeting of the cabinet’s policy review taking place on Monday — on public services — this article outlines the Prime Minister’s thinking on this crucial issue.
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