Daily Archives: June 28, 2007

Gideon Rachman

For reasons too dull to disclose, I am currently in Finland. However, I am following the British cabinet re-shuffle closely and I see that we have a new foreign secretary.

David Miliband is young (41) and clever – unlike his predecessor Margaret Beckett. She was last seen sobbing inconsolably in the House of Commons, after Tony Blair’s farewell statement. Gordon Brown put a consoling arm around her. Then – that evening – he sacked her. That’s politics.

So what will Miliband be like as foreign secretary? Point one – he is obsessed by global warming. His last job was as environment secretary and he became increasingly pre-occupied by climate change. I would guess that his top personal priority will be working on the post-Kyoto agreement.

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