Tag Archives: Fairtrade

Cocoa Life good – fairly traded bad


The latest news in the changes to Fairtrade branding seems bound to cause challenges for consumers who are keen to support the producers of the food they purchase. Several years ago I had the pleasure of joining a small group … Continue reading

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Lets improve our electoral system


The need for a fairer more representative democracy is not hard to understand, however finding ways of improving what we have or complete alternatives is a bit more complex. My first weekly column for the Argus Newspaper begins with the … Continue reading

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We need an ethical foreign policy


Human rights are no longer a “top priority” for the Government, Britain’s most senior Foreign Office official has admitted, as ministers put resources into supporting trade deals ahead of tackling injustice in other parts of the world. According to this report … Continue reading

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Our place in the World


This morning in an interview with Andrew Marr, William Hague admitted that there was no prospect of Military Intervention in the dispute between President Putin and what remains of the Ukraine Government. Although this risks portraying impotence in our proud and powerful … Continue reading

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Fairtrade Chintz?


Ikea extolled the virtue of ‘Chucking out our Chintz’ and have been replacing it with Cotton, most of which was sourced from unsustainable sources until last year. Each year they purchase around 110,000 tonnes of Cotton, yet in 2012 only 34% of … Continue reading

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Two short of the ton


This weekend the Green Party are holding their annual conference in Brighton & Hove. It is an event that will largely be overshadowed in the national media by the slightly larger conference being held in Glasgow by the Liberal Democrats. … Continue reading

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