The government is keen that the latter group triumph; this is not the era of money for nothing, nor is it an era that favours processes rather than results. For want of a better phrase, this government wants to re-introduce ‘joined-up government’. DfID has to work closely with the MoD and the Foreign Office, not just in Afghanistan but in any conflict zone, or where British interests lie.
Mitchell is determined to reform his department. Show is important as well as process, and to that end General Richards, the future Chief of the Defence Staff, visited DfID in his gold and braid as a manifestation of the new creed. There was a live inter-departmental discussion about the relationship between aid and conflict, and a general meet and greet with smiles and hugs. The visit is said to have gone down rather well with staff.