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In place of vision: Boris Johnson tinkers with Whitehall while Britain is adrift

Merging Dfid into the Foreign Office will distract diplomats, befuddle development officers and provides no substitute for hard and overdue thinking about Britain’s place in the world

By Rory Stewart  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

There are many reasons to be concerned about the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development. But the solution is not, as the government proposes, to merge the two.

The Foreign Office is in crisis. The UK spends on our core diplomatic staff half of what we spend on the winter fuel payments for pensioners, and half of what the French spend on their…

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