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MPs shun Liam Fox, the go-to man for hedonistic inertia | John Crace

Only the lost, the lonely and the overtly masochistic now bother to show up for international trade questions

Liam Fox is a busy man. Busy being busy. Busy flying around the world in the tirelessly altruistic pursuit of putting as much distance between himself and the UK. It works best this way for everyone concerned. He gets to clock up the air miles and stay in luxury five-star hotels. The country is spared any direct contact with its international trade secretary. No harm done.

Departmental questions are normally an opportunity for MPs to find out what has been going on. But as the whole purpose of the international trade department is to do absolutely nothing – Fox would take it as a personal failure, a resignation matter even, were he ever to agree a trade deal – then the question session is a fundamentally pointless exercise. A procedural formality that has to be followed for the sake of parliamentary decorum.

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