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.
It will come out “in due course” when new select committee chair is selected, he says.
Plus: What Johnson was supposed to do about Iran from Number Ten that he couldn’t do from Mustique is mysterious. I imagine that it has phones and the internet.
There is plenty of evidence that Russia has been deliberately expanding her economic and political influence over the EU’s newest member.
Iran, accustomed to artful brinksmanship and operational deniability, and equipped with an experienced cyber army, may take its revenge online.
During the years when the West sought to draw Iran back into the comity of nations, the ayatollahs backed terrorist bombs, cyberattacks, and drone shootings.
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.
They have spent their lives attacking the people who risk their lives trying to protect us from evil and dangerous people. And they lie as they try to cover their tracks.
Politicians are so uncomfortable talking seriously about our international role and relationships that instead we constantly engage in proxy battles.
“Does he know of any policy decision by any ally which has so undermined our security partnership and empowered our enemies?” “No…”
The UK’s role is limited, as we will not and cannot put our own people into this theatre – but we must do what we can.
Turkey appears to assume that their opponents will flee. But if they’ve nowhere to go, they’ll have no alternative but to fight.
The Defence Secretary confirmed that he has scrapped the zero-tolerance approach to drug-taking in the armed forces, and commanding officers now have discretion.
When there are genuine threats, foreign and domestic, our democracy needs better protection than this visibly failing organisation.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.