Embarrassment of embassies

Peter Hain is quite correct that "the new links between people as a result of better communications . . . have made traditional foreign policy redundant" (Interview, 22 January). I look forward to reading in his pamphlet how he proposes to rationalise the UK's absurdly grandiose embassies around the world and his plans for more co-location with our European partners.

Steve Richards
Whitstable, Kent

This article first appeared in the 29 January 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The fall of Mandelson