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Monthly Archives: July 2010
It’s amazing what you find if you read everything in your inbox! An e-mail with the coalition’s reponse to comments on its programme has languished in there all day, and I just got round to reading it. Pretty interesting stuff! Of course my main interest was the Europe section and it’s good to see a pretty straight-down-the-line defense of our EU membership. Also glad to see it wasn’t with foreign affairs, but was a stand-alone issue. I’m looking around to digging about in some of the other sections. Haven’t watched the video yet, I must admit.
Here’s the full set of links (let me know if you have any problems making them work – it may not all have made it with the cut-and-paste!):
The Coalition: Our programme for government
We thank all of you who engaged with this historic Coalition agreement by taking the time to read and comment on our programme. We promised government departments would read and respond to all comments that fall within their policy areas, and they’ve now done so.
Below you can find a response to each section of The Coalition: our programme for government. These responses focus on the main themes raised in each section.
You can also watch a video of Oliver Letwin and Danny Alexander discussing your feedback on the homepage.
Links to responses
These links take you to the websites of different departments, where the responses have been published.
The Robert Schuman Foundation have recently published some research which compares the level of ministers and members of parliament across the EU and show how many are women. The UK comes in below the EU average on all three indicators that they use:
Women ministers – EU average: 25.75% // UK: 17.39%
Women in national parliament – EU average: 24.32% // UK: 21.88%
Women in European parliament – EU average: 34.92% // UK: 33.33%
Which countries came top? You won’t be surprised to hear it was Finland for ministers, Sweden for national parliamentarians and Finland for women in the EP. Bottom? Hungary for ministers, Malta for the national parliament and Malta again for the EP.
On the day that Catalonia bans bullfighting, I just thought I would make clear that whatever you might have heard, the EU doesn’t subsidise bullfighting, either directly (which it never did) or indirectly (through subsidies for raising bulls). Farm payments are no longer linked to production, so farmers don’t get money for the bulls they raise, but for respecting standards such as environmental legislation.