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Spinderella on Safari: British Policies Toward Africa Under New Labour

Spinderella on Safari: British Policies Toward Africa Under New Labour Global Governance 18 (2012), 449–460 SPECIAL FOCUS Spinderella on Safari: British Policies Toward Africa Under New Labour Ian Taylor Under New Labour, the British government was claimed to be operating under guidelines that sought to have an ethical dimension to British foreign policy. A particular focus of New Labour’s foreign policy, rhetor- ically at least, was Africa. During this period, London sought to bring the G8 in line with London’s claimed policies vis-à-vis the continent. However, upon closer analysis, vocal flourishes and presentations aside, policy was never adequately supported by, and in many respects was contradicted by, much of what Blair’s government actually did in rela- tion to Africa. The disparity between the high-profile media presenta- tion of policy and what was actually delivered by Blair and company in Africa reflected a wider problem in the British polity that New Labour and its spin doctors came to symbolize. KEYWORDS: Africa, Tony Blair, United Kingdom, New Labour. IN 2005, GREAT BRITAIN HOSTED THE GROUP OF 8 (G8) SUMMIT AT Gleneagles, Scotland. In the immediate run-up to the summit and afterward, a great deal of effort was ostensibly (and ostentatiously) expended by the Tony Blair government’s focus on Africa. While New http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Spinderella on Safari: British Policies Toward Africa Under New Labour

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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Global Governance 18 (2012), 449–460 SPECIAL FOCUS Spinderella on Safari: British Policies Toward Africa Under New Labour Ian Taylor Under New Labour, the British government was claimed to be operating under guidelines that sought to have an ethical dimension to British foreign policy. A particular focus of New Labour’s foreign policy, rhetor- ically at least, was Africa. During this period, London sought to bring the G8 in line with London’s claimed policies vis-à-vis the continent. However, upon closer analysis, vocal flourishes and presentations aside, policy was never adequately supported by, and in many respects was contradicted by, much of what Blair’s government actually did in rela- tion to Africa. The disparity between the high-profile media presenta- tion of policy and what was actually delivered by Blair and company in Africa reflected a wider problem in the British polity that New Labour and its spin doctors came to symbolize. KEYWORDS: Africa, Tony Blair, United Kingdom, New Labour. IN 2005, GREAT BRITAIN HOSTED THE GROUP OF 8 (G8) SUMMIT AT Gleneagles, Scotland. In the immediate run-up to the summit and afterward, a great deal of effort was ostensibly (and ostentatiously) expended by the Tony Blair government’s focus on Africa. While New

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2012

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