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How Boris Johnson’s confused handling of the Iran crisis highlights Britain’s absent foreign policy

The PM's approach has been “scattered, reactive and random”

By Steve Bloomfield  

Johnson cited council funding to support services. But that won't be enough. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

The problem with Boris Johnson, one senior official who worked closely with him at the foreign office once told me, is that he is “very enthusiastic about what’s in front of him at the moment.” Diplomats who worked with him were endlessly frustrated that he would, as another official put it, “jump from one thing to another.” He reacted to events, but showed little interest in developing a strategy.

It is perhaps not…

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