Tag Archives: Politics

It Matters: The Individual Mandate

It appears that, barring some action by the Courts, the Republican Tax “Reform” will become law. While there is much to criticize about this bill, including the massive transfer of wealth from the middle and working class to the rich, … Continue reading

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Hope

One of the various, non-religious, definitions of “hope” found in the Oxford English Dictionary is “grounds for believing that something good might happen”. Perhaps the Biblical definition (Hebrews 11:1) is more interesting, “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction … Continue reading

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The Collapse of “Repeal and Replace” and “Just Repeal” – Was There Ever a Plan ?

Now we know. Despite eight years calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Messers McConnell (R-KY), Ryan (R-WI) and colleagues had no plan, actually no clue, of what to do. This is unsurprising. The ACA is an amalgam … Continue reading

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION Contents Establishing the Inquiry ………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Purpose of the Inquiry …………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Support to the Inquiry Committee …………………………………………………………………………3 Avoiding conflicts of interest …………………………………………………………………………………4 The Inquiry’s approach ………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Initial meetings ………………………………………………………………………………………………………5 Issues not addressed by the Inquiry …………………………………………………………………….6 Hearings …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8 Written evidence … Continue reading

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UK IRAQ STRATEGY 1990 To 2000

SECTION 1.1 UK IRAQ STRATEGY 1990 To 2000 Contents Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………….23 Acknowledgements ………………………………………………………………………………………23 UK Iraq strategy ……………………………………………………………………………………………23 Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait …………………………………………………………………………….24 Resolution 678 (1990) …………………………………………………………………………………..25 The 1991 Gulf Conflict ………………………………………………………………………………….27 Resolution 687 (1991) …………………………………………………………………………………..28 Legacy of the 1990-1991 Gulf … Continue reading

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DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, SEPTEMBER 2000 TO SEPTEMBER 2001

SECTION 1.2 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, SEPTEMBER 2000 TO SEPTEMBER 2001 Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..188 Before September 2000 ……………………………………………………………………………….188 Review of the UK’s strategy on Iraq, autumn 2000 ……………………………………………..192 JIC Assessment, 1 November 2000: ‘Iraq: Prospects for Co-operation’ …………………….197 … Continue reading

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DECISION-MAKING WITHIN GOVERNMENT

SECTION 2 DECISION-MAKING WITHIN GOVERNMENT Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..267 Roles and responsibilities …………………………………………………………………………….267 Cabinet ……………………………………………………………………………………………………267 Role of the Civil Service ……………………………………………………………………………….269 The Cabinet Secretary …………………………………………………………………………………269 Permanent Secretaries ………………………………………………………………………………..271 No.10 Chief of Staff ……………………………………………………………………………………271 The Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator ……………………………………………………..272 Departmental roles … Continue reading

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DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, 9/11 TO EARLY JANUARY 2002

SECTION 3.1 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, 9/11 TO EARLY JANUARY 2002 Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………..312 UK policy on Iraq in early September 2001 ………………………………………………………..312 The impact of 9/11 ………………………………………………………………………………………320 The immediate response to 9/11 …………………………………………………………………….320 Resolution … Continue reading

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DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, JANUARY TO APRIL 2002 – “AXIS OF EVIL” TO CRAWFORD

SECTION 3.2 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, JANUARY TO APRIL 2002 – “AXIS OF EVIL” TO CRAWFORD Contents Introduction and key findings ……………………………………………………………………….387 President Bush’s “axis of evil” speech and the UK response …………………………………388 No.10’s response, mid-February 2002 …………………………………………………………….397 … Continue reading

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DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, LATE JULY TO 14 SEPTEMBER 2002

SECTION 3.4 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, LATE JULY TO 14 SEPTEMBER 2002 Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………..93 Advice for Mr Blair following his meeting of 23 July 2002 ………………………………………94 MOD advice on the military options, 26 July … Continue reading

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