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Jeremy Hunt is giving the wrong answers to the right questions

The Foreign Secretary seeks to reinvigorate British diplomacy but you won’t achieve that with gimmicks

By Peter Ricketts  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Jeremy Hunt got his headline by announcing in his first major speech as Foreign Secretary on 31st October that he was opening up some ambassador jobs to business figures. The pity was that he didn’t need this gimmick to draw attention to what was a thoughtful survey of Britain’s future options, backed up by a sure-footed first appearance in front of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

To pump up the publicity in advance, Hunt mused on the Today programme about bringing in one or two Chief…

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