Author Archive for Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

The Local Elections in Iraq

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Resignations, possible replacements of ministers and increasing violence have hit already fragile Iraqi politics in the last few days. Officials say 110 people were killed in the latest violence. These are indeed difficult days. The Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government are at odds over issues including a swathe of disputed territory in north…

The Tyranny of Indexes

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

I previously mentioned two indexes, the Department for International Development’s  (DFID) needs-effectiveness index and the Fund for Peace’s Failed States Index. There are many other examples though and in recent years it has seemed to be a growth industry with everyone and anyone wanting to have a piece of the action. As the recent errors…

Texting in Cricket and Politics

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Those of you who are active followers of English cricket (certain members of my office included) will have been transfixed by the ongoing dispute over text messages that Kevin Pietersen reportedly sent to his South African opponents. Pietersen was immediately dropped from the Test side, was not included in the One Day Internationals against South…