UN reform Archive

  • Any institution needs its critics

    In the furore about reported failings in the National Health Service recently, Daniel Hannan MEP remarked that: Any organisation that is treated as being beyond reproach is bound in time to become flabby, self-serving and producer-centred. It happened to the mega-charities. It happened to the […]

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  • Manifesto for a global democracy (27 June 2012)

    Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 18:30 until 20:00 LSE, Clement House 2.02, click here for a map Daniele Archibugi, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, David Held, Fernando Iglesias, Lucio Levi, Giacomo Marramao, George Monbiot, Heikki Patomäki, Mary Kaldor, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennet, Vandana Shiva and Andy Strauss […]

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  • States or citizens – the flag reveals all

    I wrote on this blog recently of the United Nations as having the weakness that it represents only states and not peoples.  Here is an example of the consequences of that weakness. The picture above right shows the UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters […]

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  • Introducing the World Federalist Movement (26 September 2011)

    26 September · 18:30 – 21:00 Upstairs at The Cheshire Cheese (NOT Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St) 5, Little Essex Street Temple London WC2R 3LD – map here Einstein was right about the Theory of Relativity. Was he right about the need for […]

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  • If Libya, why Britain?

    If the first question to ask about the current UN action in North Africa is, why Libya, then the second question is why Britain.  If yesterday’s blog entry is correct and there might be a case for action (although note the caveats as well as […]

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  • David Frum: EU seat on the UN Security Council

    “One logical answer to the EU bloc voting problem is to transform France’s permanent seat on the Security Council into an EU seat. That would appropriately recognize the EU’s power and importance: Only permanent members of the Security Council have a veto, after all.” From […]

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  • UN must change

    Letter published in The Times, 24 September 2010 Sir, If the ability of the United Nations to deliver results is held back by the self-interest of its member states (letter, Sept 21), we need to find ways of getting round it. One useful innovation would […]

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  • Those prime ministerial debates

    The general election prime ministerial debates are dominating political news reporting at the moment, and this blog has never been ready to leave any bandwagon unjumped. However, unlike all the other partisan commentators, I will not try and judge who might have won and lost […]

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  • Michael Ignatieff: What is at stake is no less than the future of global government

    Michael Ignatieff, Leader of Canadian Liberal Opposition, quoted in interview with Charles Kennedy, The House Magazine, 21/9/09 “In Canada we have a deep, entrenched sense that we are a federal union in which there is, and must be, substantial powers to the provinces and even […]

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  • A good man in Africa

    The latest stage in Tony Blair’s farewell tour – his speech in South Africa last Thursday – is one of the most frustrating. (Read the speech here.) It is one of the moments when the gap between motives and methods becomes most pronounced. Tony Blair […]

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