By his own admission, Peter Davies would make a dreadful Foreign Secretary. Aside from the fact that he has never been in a plane and has been abroad only once (a four-day break to Paris in 1988), diplomacy is not his forte.It would be interesting to check what kind of any business-links or opportunities ever come from these kind of twinning operations; I suspect not that many, or at least not enough to justify the all-expenses trips to race-courses and the like.
This is, after all, a man who proudly proclaims his contempt for 'diversity'.
So the week after next it is going to be interesting when Mr Davies welcomes a delegation of German VIPs on an all-expenses-paid visit to his home town - and tells them not to bother coming back.
'I have only two words of German: "Auf" and "Wiedersehen", ' he says. 'But those are the only words I need.'
And no one is going to stop this proud Yorkshireman. To the shock and dismay of many local councillors and MPs, most of Westminster and the entire Government, the assiduously straight-talking Mr Davies has just become one of the most powerful politicians in Britain.
If that's indeed the case then I'm not sure why we, the mug taxpayers, should be paying for these kind of jollies just for the sake of obtaining another nice badge on our town plaque.