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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Quote of the Day

Trevor Kavanagh’s analysis of the Brexit process…

“Thanks to Mrs May and her useless Chancellor Phil Hammond, this will not come without pain. But we escape with imagination and true British grit or we will be boiled alive.

It means on this centenary Remembrance of our struggle against tyranny, we risk ceding non-military victory in Europe to the undemocratic forces of an unaccountable totalitarian regime.”


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