Aussie Ambassador Slapped Down UK High Commissioner’s Woke Priorities

The UK’s woke High Commissioner to Australia, Vicki Treadell, met with Australian High Commissioner to the UK, George Brandis, when he was back in Australia over the Christmas period. When the pair met at Westminster House in Canberra, Treadell went off on a list of what the top UK-Australia priorities should be, picking some eyebrow-raising woke issues. The British representative down under listed the FCDO’s priorities in the partnership to be addressing: 

  • Gender equality
  • Climate change
  • UN development goals awareness

Guido reliably hears Brandis retorted by saying – “No, they should be securing a UK-Australia free trade deal, and calling China out as climate criminals.” Sound.

The Australian High Commission denies this ‘characterisation’ and simultaneously tells Guido they do not comment on diplomatic exchanges. Guido is absolutely confident that this report is correct…

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Taxpayers Cough Up £160,000 for FCDO Re-Brand

While the total cost of the FCO/DfID merger will end up being in the millions, FOI figures seen by Guido show the basic cost of rebranding and rolling out the department’s new name (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) rounds up to an eye watering £160,000. Guido imagines taxpayers might feel a bit FCDOff about that cost…

While the new logo came to just £429 + VAT thanks to the government’s in-house design agency, it’s been estimated by the department that the cost of implementing the logo – including their shiny new Whitehall brass plaque and stationery – will hit £158,631 by the end of 2020/21. Given the UK still gives aid money to foreign powers with nuclear weapons programmes, the department’s new stationery splurge comes in as a relatively minor waste of taxpayer cash…

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Foreign Office Calls for Fresh Presidential Election

In a remarkable intervention, Dominic Raab and the Foreign Office have called for a fresh Presidential election after recent revelations the vote was “falsified” via “electoral fraud throughout” the count. In Belarus

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Cleverly’s Magnitsky Sanctions Brain Fade

The FCDO merger has clearly proved time-consuming for James Cleverly, not finding the time to do his dispatch box homework. In the Commons just now MPs witnessed an embarrassing scene as the minster of state forgot the phrase “Magnitsky Sanctions”Raab initially looked pretty FuCkeDOff…

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FCDO’s Acronym Problem

British Politics has a history of narrowly avoiding silly department acronyms; Alan Johnson often brings up the anecdote of the time Tony Blair asked him to head up a new “Department of Productivity, Energy, Industry and Science”, which Johnson quickly spotted spelt out “PEnIS“. He also occupied the role of Minister for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (HELL) and reviewed a proposal for a Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG).

The question in Whitehall at the moment is how to pronounce the acronym for the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). After a YMCA style F.C.D.O. baptism, most are now plumping for FuCaDO (to rhyme with Ocado). Red Lion revellers, however, may have overheard minister James Cleverly* this week loudly proffering his preferred pronunciation for the FCD Office – FuCkeDOff…

*Happy Birthday James!
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FCDO Ministers Appointed, Trevelyan Leaves Government

Following the launch of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office this morning, Downing Street has formally announced the following ministerial appointments:

  • Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, and First Secretary of State.
  • Rt Hon James Cleverly MP as a Minister of State.
  • Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park as a Minister of State (jointly with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
  • Nigel Adams MP as a Minister of State.
  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon as a Minister of State.
  • James Duddridge MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
  • Wendy Morton MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
  • Baroness Sugg CBE as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

Her Majesty has also relieved Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP from her Government role as Secretary of State for International Development. Watch this space at the next reshuffle…

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