General Synod in Feb, as it happens

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here we are again. Bons mots from the chamber for your excitement.

We’ve just heard from the Secretary of State for International Development. He spoke (quickly!) about Development being both a moral requirement and in our self interest. His Dept is keen not just to provide aid, but also to reduce conflict and promote economic development. Poverty impoverishes people; economic growth pulls them out of poverty.

I was here when Clare Short spoke to us in the late 1990s – she whipped it up a bit more than Andrew Mitchell. V pragmatic, but he’s pleased that we have preserved his budget!

In questions (good for him) he is pressed on the Millennium Development Goals.

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