I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service.Mens Hiking Boots Waterproof shoes Climbing shoes Non Slip Breathable Outdoor shoes Lace-up shoes All Season,A,40EUDeWALT SMITHFIELD 10 Smithfield Black Safety Trainer Boot, Size 10 Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and for every neo-con war of aggression since, is what endeared him so strongly to the people who make the decisions on the top posts (and do not believe the fiction that ministers have no influence on them).
Kim Darroch and Tony Blair
I have annoyed quite a few people – including regular readers – for refusing to endorse any of the more baroque conspiracy theories involving Trump and Johnson conspiring to get rid of Darroch. These have the attraction of simplicity, Byblos 2UA0002 G270 Sneakers ManZHRUI Mens Lace up Derbys Genuine Leather Durable Breathable Comfort Formal shoes (color Brown, Size UK 6.5)with the evil Johnson and Trump on one side and the angelic Darroch on the other.
But many things do not easily make sense. The notion it is a plot to make Farage Ambassador to Washington is bizarre. If Johnson wishes to appoint Farage as Ambassador to Washington, after the summer break he could do it on Darroch’s retirement – which could have been if desired quietly brought forward two months with no fuss.
More to the point, the Brexit Party like UKIP is nothing without Farage. The idea that, at this crucial point,ZHRUI Large Size Military Boots for Men Soft Sole Non Slip Durable Comfort Outdoor shoes (color Black, Size UK 5.5)Imac Sandals and Slippers for Men, Colour Brown, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Men BENTHIC Brown he would voluntarily lose his political leverage by going off to be a diplomat in Washington is a nonsense. And – crucially for Farage – there is just as much cash in being an MEP.
We do not know who leaked the telegrams and why. One overlooked possibility is the intention was to damage Trump himself, by releasing Darroch’s criticisms of him. As I pointed out, Darroch is an abrasive character with many disaffected people who have worked for him around, and I still think that is a likely source for the leak.
We just don’t know. But what I do know is that the idea that Darroch is an apolitical civil servant is a nonsense.LOVDRAM Boots Men's Winter High Top Casual Men'S shoes Leather Outdoor Hiking shoes Leather Non Slip Wear Resistant Walking shoesPropet Women's April Fisherman Sandal Plum 8 Wide US I would remind you also that my objections to torture and extraordinary rendition were entirely in internal highly classified communications at the time the FCO first decided to try to move to sack me. I only leaked afterwards. So the idea that the FCO encourages honest and candid reporting is still more of the hypocritical nonsense being talked around Darroch’s resignation.