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This ‘storm in a teacup’ has grown into a political slanging match in Blighty, mainly because there is serious division regarding what should have happened in regard to the Ambassador.
One side believe he should have been supported by the British government, while the other side believe he was right to resign.
The latter belief is where I stand.
For some bizarre reason, some who support Darroch are blaming Boris Johnson. Nobody can quite explain why they are blaming Boris Johnson – other than he wisely avoided offering unequivocal support for Darroch – which suggests Johnson’s enemies are so desperate to stop him becoming Prime Minister, they will try anything.
The blame for Darroch falling on his Ambassadorial sword is solely with the person, or persons, who leaked the document criticizing Trumps regime.
As that wasn’t Boris Johnson, many are perplexed why his name is being dragged into it.
As Boris is likely to become the next Prime Minister, it would be useful for him to have an Ambassador who can actually speak to the President and his team. As The White House ‘froze out’ Darroch, he was clearly no longer able to function in his role.
Of course, it isn’t the former Ambassadors fault either. He sent a very critical message back and somebody in the civil service leaked it.
At the ‘head to head’ debate between the two remaining contenders for leadership of the Conservative party and, therefore, new Prime Minister, Jeremy Hunt said he would ‘back Darroch’, Johnson was diplomatically evasive on the topic.
Johnson nailed it. You shouldn’t condemn an Ambassador for doing what Ambassadors do, but you can hardly say you will keep him in place if he can’t actually function anymore.
It will be interesting to see what else the anti-Boris brigade decide to blame him for over the next couple of weeks, as they try ever more desperately to stop him and, I suspect, stop Brexit – most anti-Boris types are, almost by default, against Brexit too.
“One of my pond fish has died. It’s Boris’s fault!”
“My fridge turned off and my milk turned sour. It’s Boris’s fault!”
“I dropped my wallet out shopping. It’s Boris’s fault!”
Sir Kim Darroch is not to blame. He has resigned with dignity and, I sincerely hope, the full pension he would have been entitled to when he would have retired – in December I think?
Darroch is not to blame. Johnson is not to blame. Trump is not to blame.
The blame lies fairly and squarely at the feet of the person or persons in the civil service who leaked the document. Frankly, if they are discovered, they should do jail time for this.
Just think of the possible repercussions.
A British Ambassador in a country that is, shall we say, a little volatile? Are they going to trust the civil service to not disclose what they may say about the regime in Iran or China or Saudi Arabia?
The British civil service need to get their security and, indeed, their house in order. And quickly.
If they don’t, you can bet your life someone will blame Boris.
Why not? For the left, ‘Boris Bashing’ is becoming a national sport.
Never mind Boris. You will have the last laugh, if you want it. You will be our next Prime Minister and then you can appoint who the hell you like as US Ambassador. Come to that, if you decide to, you could do a bit of ‘bashing’ yourself from that position of power.
Can’t say I’d blame you either.