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Merging these government departments isn’t just a bad plan for Britain—it’s bad for Boris Johnson

Merging the foreign office and Dfid wouldn't only hand over the aid budget from one of the world’s most respected aid deliverers to one of the least—it also causes problems for the prime minister

By Steve Bloomfield  

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

It’s a seven-minute walk from the grand 19th century Gilbert Scott-designed Foreign and Commonwealth Office on King Charles Street to the less salubrious home of the Department for International Development on Whitehall, opposite a McDonalds and next door to a pub. The divide also exists in most countries in which the two government departments operate—they may be representing the same government, but they are often housed in separate buildings, or even in the same building but with different entrances.

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