Say what you like about him (and many do), the recently-resigned Foreign Secretary is one of the very few Tories with voter cut-through.
Posts Tagged: Foreign Office
Never mind Hunt. Move over, Hancock. Meet Geoffrey Cox – the most significant appointment of the reshuffle.
As the meaning of legal texts moves centre-stage, Brexit-wise, May sends for a top QC to champion her case – and pore the documents.
Geoffrey Cox becomes Attorney General.
If no deal is better than a bad one, the sum of this policy is certainly a bad deal. Tory leavers now face a bleak choice.
Robert Halfon: AK47s, pluralism, war, students, cigars – and I get high. What I saw amidst Kurdistan’s fledgeling democracy.
I hope that, one day, it is no longer just an autonomous region in Iraq, but gets the independence it deserves.
“We need to make the Foreign Office the strategic engine of our foreign policy again” – Tugendhat’s RUSI speech
“We need to do something you might not expect me to say. We need to give Boris Johnson more power.”
Baroness Helic and Chloe Dalton: The victims of sexual violence in war have no #MeToo hashtag to highlight their story
The UK could set a lead by announcing that it will dedicate a fixed or minimum percentage of the aid budget to fighting sexual and gender based violence.
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Let’s suppose missile strikes target the Assad regime. But afterwards chemical weapons are used again in Syria. What then?
Reports this morning suggest conflict within the Government and hesitation in America. And no wonder.
The “extraordinary international response by our allies” amounts to “the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”, Johnson says.
Alex Morton: It’s time to turn the Department for International Development into a Department for Humanitarian Relief
At a time when austerity continues, we need to be explain that we are not wasting taxpayers’ money on a grand delusion that we can create prosperity.
Gary Kent: Two cheers for this report – which highlights the plight of the Kurds. While we turn a blind eye.
A new, diplomatically-phrased but still damning enquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee throws light on the Government’s failures.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
During the Cold War being ‘strong on defence’ was a potent vote winner, and the money flowed accordingly.
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.