Generally, we talk a better game than we deliver something that's true of most governments I suppose. But it wold be nice to think we will deliver sometimes as well. And if we were to deliver, here would be my shopping list.
- Active lead role in nuclear disarmament (and I mean setting an example)
- Delivering on our commitments to the UN Millenium Goals
- Delivering on our commitments made at Kyoto (and hopefully Copenhagen)
- Greater leadership to end the European Common Agricultural Policy. It's hard to be for free trade, fair trade or pro-developing countries when Europe spends €50 billion a year on farm subsidies
- I haven't thought about it too much but I'm generally pro-Europe and think active engagement is a better way forward
- Arms dealing is a murky business, it's complicated - and quite often immoral. We sell a lot of arms. We must do better.
- Since I'm on the subject of weapons - it would be great to have some debate on what is a good use of our armed forces. I generally lean towards pacifism but sometimes we do so badly at diplomacy and the world is sinful that we force can't always be ruled out - In the last 20 years Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone were not unreasonable uses of our military. Few argued even with Afghanistan after 9/11. It's just a shame we didn't use them in Rwanda or Sudan. On the flip side of the coin I'm not sure two wars in Iraq were our finest hour.
- There's probably more but that's a start right...
- Series: Social Justice