Tact, diplomacy, intellect, command of a brief, and an ability to communicate effectively are core attributes of a Foreign Secretary, the face that Britain shows to its global partners. Trouble is, the last four holders of this prestigious post have spectacularly failed to live up to its requirements.
Author: Richard Haviland
Richard Haviland is a former civil servant for the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and GCHQ. He writes regularly and has been published by, among others, 'The Times' and 'Byline Times'.
“It’s some years now since I could say I felt proud to be British.” The British government’s sense of entitlement and lack of humanity towards refugees have changed Richard Haviland’s feelings of pride in being British to shame about what the government is doing: “I don’t hate my country, I just hate what they’ve done to it.”