Why politics matter


Mainstream politics is under fire as never before with people questioning its claim to be an effective tool for changing our world. The traditional political parties, it is claimed, are all much of a muchness, as more people turn to single issue lobbying groups or abandon politics altogether. Douglas Alexander makes the case that democratic politics continues to be the most effective way in which we can transform the world we share.

Douglas Alexander MP was delivering Christian Aid leaflets thirty years before becoming Secretary of State for International Development (his current cabinet post). He worked as a lawyer before entering Parliament and has previously been Secretary of State for Transport; Secretary of State for Scotland; Minister of State for Europe; Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs; and Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness.

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