Has Andrew Mitchell Gone Native at DfID?

Andrew Mitchell was David Davis’ leadership campaign manager, a gut right-winger he was grateful to survive in the shadow cabinet when the Cameroons took over.

Of late he has tried to get with the new normal, filming tear-jerker videos of himself in disaster zones, giving touchy feely speeches that would bring a warm feeling to Steve Hilton.

All very well but the world’s poor would benefit from the ex-banker bringing them a little capitalist prosperity. At DfID he has a Herculean task clearing out the right-on stables.

On the evidence of this poster for a seminar in his office, DfID is still run along the lines of a student union staffed by wild-eyed kids back from their gap year. Guido doesn’t think the mitigation of the effects of the climate is a wimmins issue, nor is it gender-sensitive. Rains, floods and drought don’t care if you are a boy or girl.


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