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An average of 18 months or so in a Cabinet position means that nobody can really set a medium-term agenda. Nobody can be confident that they are going to be listened to… Waiting people out is a phenomenon of life. If it is felt around Parliament, around Whitehall, that this week’s Education Secretary is not going to be there in a fortnight, they don’t even get airborne.” Simon McDonald (right) with David Cameron during his prime ministerial visit to Germany in 2015 (Photo: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images) Mastermind behind the Kardashians' billion-dollar brands (including SKIMS and Good American) reveals how 'anyone' can achieve business success McDonald had worked at the heart of government under several prime ministers. For five years he was the chief civil servant in the Foreign Office, in charge of 14,000 diplomatic staff in 270 countries as the department’s Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service. In 2020 he was made Baron McDonald of Salford, sitting as a crossbench peer.

Keri Russell goes casual in a sweatshirt and jeans as she appears at a Q&A panel for her Netflix series The Diplomat Katherine Ryan says she turned down I'm A Celebrity because she is 'against glorifying dangerous people like Nigel Farage' for entertainment SARAH VINE: Where DO Harry and Meghan stand in relation to their puppet? If they don't denounce Omid's book, we can only assume they endorse it MasterChef: The Professionals viewers rage as show bids au revoir to 'genius' French chef - after Marcus Wareing tells him he was 'trying too hard' In this book, McDonald synthesizes the skills he’s learned through his many years working in diplomacy, offering an insightful contribution amid heightening debates over the leadership of the United Kingdom. Considering the future of British leadership, he makes a case for the reform of the monarchy, the cabinet, civil service, and, in particular, the House of Lords, of which he has been a member since 2021.


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McDonald joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1982 and served in Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn and Washington, D.C. as well as in London. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 2001–03; Ambassador to Israel 2003–06; Director for Iraq at the FCO 2006–07; Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Overseas and Defence Secretariat at the Cabinet Office 2007–10; and was appointed Ambassador to Germany in October 2010 [update]. [6] [7] McDonald welcomes the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson, to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London on 13 July 2016. Big Brother star Olivia Young reveals the REAL reason Henry and Jordan's relationship took a romantic turn

Megan Good clings to boyfriend Jonathan Majors in New York the day before his domestic violence trial begins - as it's revealed case may include ex's testimonyLeadership: Lessons from a Life in Diplomacy by Simon McDonald is three books in one. It’s part memoir, detailing some of the extraordinary stories behind foreign-policy headlines from the 1980s through to 2020. It is also a compelling prescription for reforming some of the UK’s political institutions. Lastly, it’s a sequence of reflections, drawing on Simon’s experiences of what makes a “good” leader.

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