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The International Development Secretary won’t be drawn on the Prime Minister’s previous comments on his budget or his Department.
DFID managed its portfolio with far greater efficiency than the Foreign Office. But it should improve how it aligns traditional aid objectives with Britain’s goals.
He is tipped by some as a future Prime Minister, but is more plausibly seen as a future Chancellor.
The Prime Minister heads a Cabinet whose stock has risen markedly in the wake of this month’s decisive election victory.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
Whilst individual ministers rise and fall, overall the Government goes to the polls with a lot of goodwill from grassroots Conservatives.
Not a good month for the Foreign Secretary, who slips from third place to eighth. But this is probably just due to the rising popularity of others.
Brexiteers retain their stranglehold on the top of the chart, but there is a general downward drift. Is it a foretaste of what might happen if we fail to leave the EU next month?
The data for this was collected before the Government’s string of Commons defeats – next month’s may look rather different.
We should measure the success of our aid programmes by the good we achieve, not simply by the amount of money we spend.