By John Brindley - Staff Author
BRITAIN’s pompous and archaic establishment is currently playing a tiresome game of political ping pong over the resignation of one of its own.
The resignation of ambassador to the United States Sir (apologies for using that ludicrous title) Kim Darroch is inevitably being followed by an attempt to deflect attention away from a pathetic and highly damaging diplomatic own goal.
Darroch is entitled to term Donald Trump’s unorthodox White House administration ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’. He is entitled, if he sees fit, to paint a picture of it being generally dysfunctional.
But when those comments were leaked and got back to Trump there was only ever going to be one outcome – he had to go and go immediately.
Imagine an ordinary person in an ordinary job held similar private views about someone they did business with.
No problem, we are all entitled to our views. But if we put these comments on social media for the world to digest the subject of your remarks would end the relationship almost as quickly as you had typed your post.
Forget the fact that Trump, in typical style, has made a public meal of it. The usual protocol would have been to do the deed quietly rather than respond with a volley of insults. But, hey, boys in the playground do like to get the last word.
Now politicians from both sides of the chamber are beating themselves up to be seen as the strongest supporters of Darroch – and batting the blame onto the mercurial US President rather than their own system which sprung a very embarrassing leak.
I can’t be the only one in these circumstances who is forced to ask the question: who the hell do we think we are?
The United Kingdom is a very small collection of countries yet throws it’s weight around on the world stage as if we genuinely did ‘rule the waves’.
The answer, of course, is that once again we are dealing here not with Britain and its people, who are a minor force in the world, but The Crown, one of the mightiest, most deadly and certainly pompous rulers on the planet.
Think of it this way. You are the US President and you are presented with someone who calls himself ‘sir’ in a prominent position of influence.
Excuse me a moment, who made you a ‘sir’ and what does that mean?
The title has been given by a God-like unelected tyrant called The Queen and the real reason for it going to people such as Darroch is they have never said a word against the British establishment in their lives.
Darroch was not ultimately a representative of the British people in America - far from it.
He was, as the equally pompous Chancellor of the Exchequer and former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond reminded us last night, the ‘representative of Her Majesty’.
This is, when you wake up and see the light, pure Alice in Wonderland fantasy.
We allow a German family to assume a position of power because they believe they have a ‘divine right’ and then the Government, the law courts, the armed forces, the tax system, the lot is run on their behalf?
Are you crazy? I’d want to deal with the real people of this ludicrous country or not at all.
You can stick your ‘sir’ nonsense where your grass grows and come back to us when you have decided to come into the modern world.
Instead the establishment prances around unaware that its self- importance is increasingly not being shared by the vast majority of the population.
Let’s just say it and be done with it – good riddance to Kim Darroch. I don’t know whether to use Trump’s words that he is ‘a very stupid guy’ but he sure has made his living supporting a very stupid system.
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2 April 2019
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