Our plan seems to have been little more than to cobble together just enough kit to make us a Great Power on the cheap. That cannot continue.
Posts Tagged: Foreign Office
It is hard to appoint more women to Cabinet when there are few senior women to promote. We count only four at Minister of State level.
Overseas development spending will never fulfil its soft-power potential if DfID is allowed to pursue what amounts to its own foreign policy.
Patel got a lot done – in particular, improving international rules about emergency spending. Now her successor must work on an aid policy for Global Britain.
The lessons I have learned: the future of the world, and of our country, is bright. And always take care when getting out of Black Hawk helicopters.
If the Government is serious about having this country be a ‘moral leader’, it must be more transparent about dealings which may compromise our values.
Henry Newman: Johnson has got the Foreign Office back in Brexit business. And for that we should all be grateful.
From speaking to civil servants, it seems that – at least until recently – the Cabinet had not properly considered either a preferred end state or indeed transition policy.
His Telegraph article message: “Britain can flourish on WTO”. And how it will inevitably be read: “With May out of Number 10 – and me in”. Watch for calls for his dismissal.
With Rees-Mogg’s backing, how can he fail?
Gerard Miles: Hong Kong is a battleground between tyranny and the rule of law. Conservatives must pick a side.
As China imprisons three young democracy campaigners, Britain has a moral and legal responsibility to speak out.
Benedict Rogers: Twenty years on from leaving Hong Kong, Britain risks selling its honour – as China flouts and abuses justice
As Patten says, the Joint Declaration gives us a specific responsibility to ensure that China’s promises are upheld – which we are not meeting.
Our relationships with other countries are built and maintained by institutions on a generational basis, rather than presidential whim.
The way in which the 0.7 per cent target is defined is out of date. Lack of money is not necessarily the primary cause of underdevelopment.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.
Garvan Walshe: Why Britain must speak out against Orban’s assault on the Central European University
Dissidents in Eastern Europe could look to Thatcher’s Britain to stand up for their liberty. Are we still the sort of people to whom democrats turn?