#G8TTT #IF's but's and maybe's

So it's all over, PM Cameron returns to Parliament for PM questions, Obama travels to Germany and an unyielding Mr Putin leaves having resisted any escalation of G8 involvement in Syria

So what did the much heralded G8 achieve. It seems not a great deal.

The centrepiece rapidly became Syria and PM Cameron could not move Mr Putin and his support for the regime, so a hopeful commitment to a peace conference in Geneva was repeated and nothing more. This was entirely predictable.

All the focus on the CDs and OTs designed to engineer a strong base from which to call for action from the rest of the G8 didn’t achieve the hoped for leverage.

Russia, Canada and the US despite the encouraging language were not up for public registries and full disclosure of beneficial ownership. Competition, costs, and privacy concerns, not to speak of the UKs own position, arguably along with the US (Delaware), the weakest of the G8, must have been a handicap.

After all, if you are the weakest player on the team asking everyone else to pull their socks up rings hollow.

The NGO community have put a brave face on it, but they didn’t achieve their hoped for breakthrough. It would be interesting to calculate what was spent on the #IF campaign and what good this might have done if committed as direct aid as opposed to wasteful stunts, political lobbying and conference watching.

We will see our commitments through in terms of our action plan. We already operate way above the current global standard, and look forward with interest to the G8 following through on their commitments, and levelling up. 

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