Let’s use ever-increasing intelligence – and stop the flow of dirty money out of poor countries.
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I was delighted to see your appointment. I confess to slight bias, given that you retweeted an article of mine calling for an end to ring-fencing of the aid budget.
It is impossible to deny the value brought by such events to the host country, from messaging, to engagement and building of networks
Reshuffle 3) Chris White: It isn’t just Ministers who get fired. A third of SpAds are set to lose their jobs.
There will be some bruised personalities on the backbenches who will need careful managing over the next few months, and I hear that Spencer is already on the job.
We need to have a Foreign Affairs Committee that mixes idealism with clear thinking – and holds the Foreign Office to account.
Duncan Simpson: Three tasks for Johnson. Cull quangos. End taxpayer-funded lobbying. And reform appointments.
Cleaning up the state won’t be a quick and easy task. But if Boris Johnson doesn’t grasp the nettle, it will certainly come back to sting.
The most important sector is one usually ignored. Small firms constitute 99 per cent of all business in the country.
Edward Parson: Keep the International Development Department. But scrap the 0.7 per cent aid target.
DFID managed its portfolio with far greater efficiency than the Foreign Office. But it should improve how it aligns traditional aid objectives with Britain’s goals.
The Prime Minister has shown a moderation of which his critics did not believe him capable.
It is no secret that some senior civil servants in the Foreign Office do not share the Prime Minister’s commitment to implementing the Truro Recommendations.
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.
Politicians are so uncomfortable talking seriously about our international role and relationships that instead we constantly engage in proxy battles.
We should measure the success of our aid programmes by the good we achieve, not simply by the amount of money we spend.
A new Prime Minister, and a changing of the guard at the Foreign Office, is a chance to change tack on the British Indian Ocean Territory.