Botham and Abbott complement each other…..
Ian Botham appointed UK trade ambassador to Australia
Former England cricketer and crossbench peer will ‘bat for business down under’, says Liz TrussIan Botham, who is popular with Boris Johnson because of his strong support for Brexit, was given a peerage last summer.
Ian Botham, the former England cricketer and crossbench peer, has been appointed a UK trade ambassador to Australia, the government has announced.
In a tweet welcoming the appointment, the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, said Botham would “bat for business down under” and help firms seize the opportunities created by the free trade deal with Australia agreed in outline this summer.
In his occasional columns for the Telegraph, Lord Botham rages against woke culture, the BBC and those who seek to stop people shooting animals. He wrote that his role in the Lords is to “stand up for ordinary rural folk like me”.
He’s certainly not afraid to stand up and be counted, and this may be a valuable quality in a negotiator, but, as trade envoy, Lord Botham will require tact, diplomacy and a good deal of personal charm, and to be something more than a charismatic Everyman with a propensity for naysaying.
Former Australian PM Tony Abbott confirmed as UK trade adviser
Critics say Abbott’s views on women and homosexuality and the climate crisis make him unfit for role
Boris Johnson has appointed Tony Abbott as an official UK trade adviser, defying widespread condemnation of the former Australian prime minister’s record of misogyny and homophobia and his views on the climate emergency.
Following news of the appointment, Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, said: “First, his history of offensive statements is so long and repetitive that it speaks to serious defects in his character, which is not one I think should be representing Britain on the world stage.
“And second, the fact that he has no experience of detailed trade negotiations, no understanding of Brexit, no belief in climate change, no concern for workers’ rights, and no compunction about killing off Australia’s car industry mean, to my mind, that he has no credentials for this role.