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The International Development Secretary won’t be drawn on the Prime Minister’s previous comments on his budget or his Department.
Johnson – at a stroke, a bigger player in foreign affairs, because of his larger majority. But what does he want to do?
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
A separate department was right for the stable, hopeful 1990s. But the years have presented various challenges for which it is less well-suited.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government and Whitehall.
We should measure the success of our aid programmes by the good we achieve, not simply by the amount of money we spend.
Stephen Crabb and Desmond Swayne: The next Prime Minister must uphold Britain’s commitment to overseas aid
It’s so much more than charity: it bolsters our diplomacy and nurtures trading partners and military allies around the world.
We have always avoided them, for they undermine the competitive dynamic which is essential to a successful trade strategy.
The new Solicitor General and FCO/DfID minister are both sensible choices, which might say more about the Prime Minister’s position than her judgement.
He is one of the few middle-ranking Ministers who, while others were fleeing for the hills, girded himself up – and went out to fight for May’s Brexit deal.
Huw Merriman: To ensure that the aid budget is spent carefully, let DFID, not the Foreign Office, control it
The Taxpayers’ Alliance is right to demand responsible stewardship of valuable resources. But we should not mess with the aid rules.
Ultimately, it is economic growth not traditional aid which will support the growing populations of the developing world.
Magufuli talks of the ‘harmful effects of birth control’ and attacks women using contraception as ‘lazy’, but we give £45 million to boost family planning in his nation.
The Department for International Development should focus on building up the private sector in developing economies.
“Where’s Penny?” The International Development Secretary is biding her time, and choosing her words carefully
Mordaunt – like Patel before her – is effective, ambitious, and keenly aware that many Conservative voters are not natural fans of aid spending.