This is a dismal time for Britain’s foreign policy establishment. For decades, the UK has been a serious and respected global player in defence and diplomacy. But recent days have brought humiliation.
The resignations of Michael Fallon, defence secretary, and Priti Patel at international development, have been an embarrassment for the government. Boris Johnson’s serious mistake regarding remarks he made over a British woman jailed in Iran has been worrying for her family and alarmed many in Whitehall and Westminster.