Foreign Office

Foreign Office
   The Foreign Office, officially the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 1968, has traditionally been viewed as the most prestigious government department. Many famous names have held the Cabinet post of Foreign Secretary, including Castlereagh, Palmerston, Salisbury, Curzon, Eden and Bevin. In 1998 this seat was occupied by Robin Cook, the first Labour Foreign Secretary since 1979. The FCO is generally criticized by right-wing politicians for appearing to prefer appeasement, and by those on the Left for too much realpolitik. In truth, its mission is to protect British interests in the world, and therefore the insults of its political detractors are, in reality, commendations.
   See also: civil service; Europe; MI5 and MI6

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