Paul Waugh has a lovely Alan Duncan snippet from Bill Gates’ visit to Parliament last week. After being told that his talk to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development would be under Chatham House Rules, Duncan recounted his MP’s on ‘rations’ comment that was secretly taped after the expenses scandal.
“And that’s why I’m here at DfID!” Dunky finished with a flourish.
Of course no politician should be denied the chance to use humour – however weak – but taken in the context of murmurings from DfID mandarins about Duncan’s performance, or lack of it, there is a legitimate question mark over his commitment to the job.
Perhaps being second-in-command at DfID is simply not good enough for Mr. Duncan? It is unlikely many tears would be shed if he decided that were the case.