The Staggers 7 March 2011 Making friends with the Libyans Douglas Alexander questions William Hague’s method of reaching out to potential allies. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, today wondered whether William Hague had chosen the most effective way to ingratiate himself with the rebels in Libya. "If some new neighbours moved into the Foreign Secretary's street would he introduce himself by ringing the doorbell, or by climbing over the neighbour's fence?" wondered Alexander. Hague did admit that the "small diplomatic team" (made up of two MI6 agents and six members of the SAS) was withdrawn after a "serious misunderstanding of their role". Quite. › Web Only: the best of the blogs Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!