The world of diplomacy


113550697_farage_trump-large_transeo_i_u9apj8ruoebjoaht0k9u7hhrjvuo-zlengrumaIts fascinating to see that Donald Trump who is not yet President of the USA and so has so far only a modest grasp of his forthcoming role in the most powerful nation in the world until mid January 2021 is already focusing on issues that are not his concern. The decision by any nation to send an Ambassador to a foreign country is a matter for that nation or at least its Government. Technically the Embassy belongs to the foreign nation and so whatever happens in our Embassy in America has nothing to do with anyone in America, including the President or his successor. Our choice of Ambassador has to be accepted by the President, if the relationship is to be a fruitful one, but if he will not accept our Ambassador, we simply lose some of the ties to that special relationship which is so often referred to in the UK and mentioned by Presidents about once a decade. Many people would see the loss of that relationship, at least until 2021 as a modest price to pay, we have already got deep scars here and in Iraq from the decision by a previous Prime Minister to curry favour with the last Republican President. I love the idea of a President of the USA or POTUS telling us who we should have as our American Ambassador as though he is in charge of our Government. Imagine how he would respond if Theresa May was to take to twitter and tell him who we want as our American Ambassador.

The man that Trump wants as our Ambassador, is Nigel Farage who happens to be my MEP. As an MEP he proved to be worthless. He rarely voted, his speeches were all destructive and he ignored his 8 Million constituents. However it was a well paid role than enabled him to focus on building up UKIP and arguing for us to leave the very Parliament he was paid to work inside. His idea of diplomacy is to tell foreign leaders that they have never done a proper days work in their lives, he accused one of having”all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk” and suggested that Belgium was a non country. This is how a low grade of politician operates, it is not the role of an Ambassador whose task is to ensure that behind the scenes the right messages get passed in whichever direction is needed. They are the swans of the world of foreign governments, lots of things are happening under the surface but on top all appears calm and serene. By contrast Farage makes lots of noise and fuss. Few would disagree with his capacity to campaign on issues, in his own style but he certainly does not do quiet diplomacy. Diplomats don’t get to promote photographs of themselves in a lift with national leaders in waiting, while the real leader was some distance away getting on with the business of running the country. Then again National Leaders of any standing would not have their photograph taken in a gold lame lift with someone whose only stock in trade is poking fun at other politicians. I suspect even Graham Brady MP who is Chairman of the 1922 committee in the House of Commons and has called on Theresa May to give Farage a seat in the House of Lords and ask him to be an unofficial go-between would be horrified at the idea of Farage as an official Ambassador representing the Queen officially in America!

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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