No 10 accused of ‘colonial mindset’ over Commonwealth appointment

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Exclusive: dozens of countries fear Boris Johnson is hindering reappointment of secretary general

Dozens of Commonwealth countries are understood to have raised concerns over Boris Johnson using his role as chair of the organisation to hinder the reappointment of its secretary general, Patricia Scotland.

One high commissioner said Downing Street’s behaviour was “redolent of a colonial mindset”, while the president of one Pacific island nation, Kiribati, has written to all heads of Commonwealth to say he was perplexed and disturbed at the way his objections to Lady Scotland’s treatment have been ignored.

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