THIS JOB AD SHOWS HUNT IS UNFIT FOR WORK
Hiring one foreign secretary who compares the European Union to mass-murdering totalitarian states may be regarded as a misfortune; hiring two looks like carelessness.
And so it was that, just under two years after letting Boris Johnson get away with warning Brussels against “punishment beatings” for Brexit “in the manner of some World War Two movie”, Theresa May had to rebuke Jeremy Hunt for the Tory conference speech in which he likened the EU to the Soviet Union.
Was May’s slapdown for Hunt’s stupidity – at first, Glenn Hoddle-style, he claimed he’d ‘never said them things’ until the Tories released a video of him intoning “the EU was set up to protect freedom; it was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving”?
Was it for his poor timing at a delicate stage in negotiations? Or was the whole thing cooked up between he and May in advance?
Whatever the truth, it seems bizarre that one of May’s first team and his substitute should think it a good idea to go in studs-up on the opposition when her wider squad are being coached to pull out of 50/50 balls wherever necessary.
This week, the government advertised for a head of project management in part of the DEXEU office covering veterinary medicines. The job, unsurprisingly, is billed as “fast-paced and unpredictable”.
But the advert goes on to say: “We need someone who can communicate in a non-confrontational manner... interested parties may have divergent opinions so you must be tactful. You must enjoy creating and maintaining positive, honest, professional, supportive and trusting working relationships.”
If the government can specify this skill set for the person in charge of doggy cough drops, shouldn’t they also do so for the foreign secretary?
REBUKED: Jeremy Hunt