Call me a Canadian with sensitivities to British governance overly interfering with others’ politics or not. Or sensitive about my grandfather who worked tremendously hard in the Caribbean for the development of British Empire agriculture where upon retirement was given an OBE “bone” instead of a knighthood because he just was Caribbean born not London bred and born and/or connected. This is one view. In fact, he had been an orphan who through determination got himself into the fairly senior levels of the overseas British civil service.
I will try to put my “prejudices” aside including the fact that I have a fair amount of Irish ancestral blood. Or that I am suffering a bit from that British, “Eton” style school I attended with its caning and its class oriented regime.
Or I will try to forget my British born, Oxford graduated, English teacher with his putdown airs who used to call students he did not like “miserable microbes”. Fortunately, the majority of the current British young generation has largely graduated from this rigidity, arrogance and sense of superiority but not all have.
Take for example, the outgoing British ambassador to the US. His interference in US electoral politics is getting offensive. His blatant attacks on Mr.Trump are really not cricket for a diplomat.
Furthermore, his recent explanation of why Trump is popular is a shallow analysis related simply to an exaggerated view that it is all because many Americans sense they are not doing well at the income (and employment) level. But that nevertheless America remains essentially great and is in a dominant position in the world and is a successful nation.
He sounds almost like a Hillary Clinton supporter trying to help out and build goodwill with whom he thinks will be the new president. A word to the wise in diplomstese, do not overly put your eggs in one basket because if Trump wins, your strategy, ambassador will not serve your country well.
I wonder what planet he is on. And is it also really to get almost anybody but Trump elected as the Republican presidential candidate – using his ambassadorial pulpit. America is not great. It has not won a single major war really since World War II if you very much include winning the peace.
It is largely hated in the Middle East, just about at war with Russia that it certainly cannot afford to battle, and has lost tremendous respect since George Bush Junior attacked Iraq that led to further polarization around which ISIS grew.
The ambassador needs to point out that all the Middle East interventions in recent decades were enthusiastically approved by his British governance. The only exception of is when certain Americans in Congress such as McCain pushed to get Britain to attack Syria over poison gas. That one failed British parliamentary approval.
Sometimes I think British governance is more of a lap dog of neo-conservatives and US liberal interventionists than anyone else. Note that Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Chretien said no to intervening in Iraq while Tony Blair said yes sir to George Bush, three bags full.
Great Britain was the colonial power that held America many centuries ago as well as my country. It should not now overly interfere and demonstrate ideological imperialism telling American voters how to vote primarily for the neo-conservative politics that has too often drained Britain’s moral and fiscal position. Those days of trying to tell the American public what to do are generally over. Lost in the War Of Independence, if I check my history correctly.
The British ambassador should by his thinking have appreciated those who strongly opine that British governance has become a lap dog to neo-conservatism too often. But that done to the rest of the world by US diplomats could rightfully be described as US neo-imperialism. Britain as an ex-imperial country should resist such imperial reflexes separate or on behalf of certain US party elites and not to overly interfere in US politics, Trump present as a candidate or not.
Enough said about a great country where I still have relatives and fine memories of visits and the great character of the average British people. My grandfather reminded me so as well about the many fine attributes of England. This ambassador does not and could take a lesson on simple truths from George Chuffering, a character in my new book, Golden Bear. That is if George were truly alive to teach him a good diplomatic lesson.