Foreign Office

Fears over Mandarin shortage in Whitehall

24 November 2021 1:45 am

‘China Spy Blitz’ blared the Sun this morning: ‘UK spooks hiring Mandarin speakers in cyber war.’ Spy bosses, the paper…

The rise of the female ambassador

4 May 2021 4:50 pm

It is, of course, an excellent thing and a mark of social progress when an institutional bastion falls to woman-power.…

The Foreign Office has lost the plot in the Middle East

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The Foreign Office has lost the plot

Why can’t Britain’s foreign aid be used to help Christians too?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

How should the money we send abroad be spent?

Dominic Raab has to handle a stand-off with Iran and his own civil servants

25 July 2019 4:06 am

It’s not an easy time to become Foreign Secretary, as Dominic Raab is about to find out. There is, of…

The whole narrative of Dynasties was too suspiciously shapely. Image: BBC NHU

How does David Attenborough know what the monkeys are thinking?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The opening episode of BBC1’s Dynasties — the new Attenborough-fronted series from the Natural History Unit — introduced us to…

Home at last – a celebration of 200 years of the Travellers Club

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The Travellers Club was founded in 1819 to provide congenial surroundings for those who had ‘travelled outside the British Islands…

‘This is the last straw.’

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It is a tragedy that the party that has ruined Zimbabwe, led by a man who was one of the…

Freedom of information killed ambassadors’ valedictory dispatches. Could blogging bring them back?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘All I ever tried to do was hold a mirror up and show you how beautiful you really are. Shine…

Portrait of the week

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Home The Metropolitan Police encouraged people to celebrate VJ Day despite reports in the Mail on Sunday (picked up from…

Why does Britain's fight for religious freedom stop at Dover?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘We don’t do God,’ was Alastair Campbell’s put-down when his charge, Tony Blair, was tempted to raise the issue of…