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Hague must go

Paddy Ashdown should replace Hague as foreign secretary

By Ian Birrell   April 2011

The news from Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere has turned any joy that greeted the first flickers of rebellion in north Africa  into a grim realisation that the world is now a far more complex place. The foreign office has been blamed where it did not deserve blame—over delayed evacuations and a bungled SAS operation—and avoided flak where it deserved heavy fire, over its flawed support for dictators, its failure to predict unrest and its feeble response when the crisis flared up. The unrest has also sparked sharp confrontation in the cabinet. Education secretary Michael Gove was reported to be “messianic”…

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