Spinderella on safari: British policies toward Africa under new labour

Ian Taylor*

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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, rhetorically 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 relation to Africa. The disparity between the high-profile media presentation 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-460
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Governance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Africa
  • New labour
  • Tony Blair
  • United Kingdom


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