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Jeremy Hunt: Not so much a foreign secretary – more a cartoon character.

Should we be grateful that Jeremy Hunt didn’t try to bring people in off the street to perform major surgical procedures on the NHS?

Ambassadorial duties are highly-skilled and require a particular character – and business leaders aren’t generally known for having those qualities.

We have only to remember when Michael Gove opened up his vanity “free school” scheme to untrained teachers.

Standards plummeted.

Andrew Adonis has tweeted a lot of sense about this today, and right-thinking people should agree with him:

And consider the implications, related to a current story elsewhere in the news:

This hare-brained scheme seems doomed to fail – and can only cause the UK further embarrassment on an international stage where Brexit has already tarnished us catastrophically.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is looking to hire ambassadors from the UK’s top business leaders.

The Secretary of State is expected to announce the creation of almost new 1,000 diplomatic roles in a speech on Wednesday.

For the first time, some of these jobs will be available to non-civil servants.

Traditionally, British ambassadors have always been civil servants, typically with a long career in the diplomatic service.

Source: UK to pick ambassadors from private sector – BBC News

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