Is Andrew Mitchell Disliked Within UK Government?

A British newspaper columnist has exposed what he sees as a growing disfavor for U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell within the coalition government.

Alex Singleton, writer and contributing editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, observes that Mitchell is unpopular in several government circles because of “how quickly he made friends with the Left [wing].”

“Many Tories see the department’s ever-expanding budget as an ego-trip for Mitchell, who has a cushy job with lots of free travel to far-flung countries,” Singleton shares.

He adds that “dislike” of Mitchell has made issues regarding the Department for International Development “an increasingly toxic subject” for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who Singleton said “only committed himself to increasing aid so he wouldn’t get attacked by churches and charities.”

“Yet if the PM feels he [has] no choice but to stick with the madly wasteful aid program, he surely needs a development secretary with the warmth of personality to gain the acquiescence of Right-wing MPs. Mitchell doesn’t have this,” he argues.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.