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Come on, Zindzi and Cyril, is it too much to ask for a little ...


Come on, Zindzi and Cyril, is it too much to ask for a little diplomacy?

As the plight of UK’s envoy to the US shows, it’s all too easy to open your mouth to bite the hand that feeds you


Misery loves company, as the old saying goes. So however depressed the local weather, the stuttering economy or the winning loss of the Proteas exit makes you feel, spare a thought for Sir Kim Darroch.

He enjoys the dream diplomatic posting as British ambassador to the United States. But right now,  despite residing in one of the finest residences in America – its Edwin Lutyens-conceived building boasts a great ballroom and Palladian frontage that is the envy of his peers – he must be the loneliest person on the planet.

In his unvarnished opinion, Britain’s emissary to its most significant international partner described  the 45th president of the United States as “radiating insecurity”. In his undiplomatic view, he did not believe the Trump White House “is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept”...

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