Wednesday, July 10, 2019

At least he had the decency to resign

Britain's disaster of an ambassador resigns his post:
Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as the UK's ambassador to the US after Donald Trump vowed to no longer deal with him over bombshell comments he made in leaked diplomatic memos.

Sir Kim said he wanted to 'put an end' to the speculation over his future after his heavily critical comments about the Trump administration sparked an all-out diplomatic war between the US and Britain.

The leaked documents revealed Sir Kim had called Mr Trump 'inept' and described the current White House as 'uniquely dysfunctional'.

They prompted the US President to launch an unprecedented attack on Sir Kim and Theresa May as he called the former a 'pompous fool' and the latter a 'disaster'.
It was a rather spectacular own goal that serves as a fitting capstone to one of the more disastrous prime ministerships in British history. I recently finished reading Charles Oman's A History of England and there have been very few Prime Ministers as epically inept as Theresa May.

While it is true the ambassador fell victim to a leak, only a complete fool would ever have put such gravely insulting words about the leader of his country's most important ally down in writing in the first place. The level of ineptitude that is the most obvious hallmark of modern life makes one feel embarrassed for our historical epoch.

Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary and Mr Johnson's leadership rival, had promised not to replace Sir Kim if he became PM. 

See what I mean? When Boris Johnson is legitimately the most competent candidate for leadership, you know the UK is in trouble.

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 10, 2019 8:05 AM  

When virtue signaling goes horribly wrong, when your ambassador's behavior mimics Alyssa Milano's words and behavior it is time to start anew.

Blogger Dave July 10, 2019 8:16 AM  

Sir Kim, wannabe rapper.

Blogger JovianStorm July 10, 2019 8:31 AM  

The miraculousness of the GE is his ability to bring out the unhinged worst in his enemies...God has anointed him to be free from the snares of the wicked and the evil schemers end up falling into their own pits.

This is well and truly an astonishing age to live in ...

Blogger pdwalker July 10, 2019 8:40 AM  

heh. and i got the news from a Chinese news agency. good times.

Blogger Hieroglyph July 10, 2019 8:42 AM  

I rather suspect that, in the social media age, Thatcher would have been similarly inept, it's a self-awareness thing. Blair too has no self-awareness, but he's that entirely different type of character: the genetic psychopath. Those types seem to rather revel in the social media age, which is somewhat curious.

I've no idea about May. Some internet wags have speculated about blackmail rings - William Hague's resignation was certainly odd - but who knows really? I doubt she won the election fairly, and I know she was propped up by her party to an absurd degree. Her utter, consistent, astonishing incompetence would get most of us fired. She'll become a Dame, of course, in the UK own House Of Pedos. Some reward.

Blogger JG July 10, 2019 9:00 AM  

Still not tired of winning.

Blogger Lazarus July 10, 2019 9:07 AM  

In the attached video, Boris appears to be wearing a yellow vest.

On his way to Paris, is he?

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia July 10, 2019 9:10 AM  

@5 Hieroglyph wrote
I know [May] was propped up by her party to an absurd degree

As evidenced by the support she often received from the courtly, yet sometimes acerbically insightful Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

It was immediately clear how incompetent and over her head May was when we she went into the Brexit negotiations almost ENTIRELY on her own!!

I've been involved in some complex negotiations in my business career, but none on the scale and importance as Brexit, with its multiple factions and wide ranging set of positions and interests. I know a bit about the discipline, but I would have never undertaken such a negotiation without help.

I would have engaged experts in the discipline from the start to help me craft a negotiation plan -- hire the best minds, the most skilled practitioners.

That she more or less went into this solo demonstrates conclusively her arrogance and stupidity -- just what we might expect from an "elite globalist."

Blogger Nathan July 10, 2019 9:19 AM  

Arthur and Sir Francis Drake can't return soon enough.

Blogger David Ray Milton July 10, 2019 9:25 AM  

His name was Kim. That was the first red flag.

Blogger thechortling July 10, 2019 9:32 AM  

Thanks for updating the 2019 reading list. Had missed that in '17 and '18 (or... are those years listed somewhere else? )

Blogger Duke Norfolk July 10, 2019 9:40 AM  

KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia wrote:That she more or less went into this solo demonstrates conclusively her arrogance and stupidity -- just what we might expect from an "elite globalist."

No, she just had no intention of negotiating. She knew what outcome she wanted, and it didn't require a negotiation, nor any knowledge of all the legalese.

Blogger Clay July 10, 2019 9:50 AM  

Shouldn't these folks have to resign the "Sir" affectations? Or, be stripped by them?

Blogger wreckage July 10, 2019 10:32 AM  

If you didn't get your knighthood for killing the enemies of the Crown, preferably in hand-to-hand combat, you should lose it.

Blogger Longtime Lurker July 10, 2019 10:33 AM  

The moment his memos hit the newspapers, Darroch was done and he knew it. Why tell the U.K. ambassador a damn thing if you're going to read about it soon thereafter?

Blogger Tars Tarkas July 10, 2019 11:05 AM  

My first thought when I heard that the other day was 'that's rich coming from Theresa May's government.'

@3 It truly is a sight to behold.

@8 I think the plan all along was to figure out a way to not leave at all or to just leave on paper.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 July 10, 2019 11:26 AM  

I noticed in the article that Trump is referred to as "Mr. Trump". It's "President Trump" you morons.

Also, don't ever trust a man with a girl's name. You know he's probably got a chip on his shoulder.

Blogger Damelon Brinn July 10, 2019 11:30 AM  

I noticed in the article that Trump is referred to as "Mr. Trump".

Bette Midler called him that when she was blaming him for the hot weather in France. I think it's a passive-aggressive way for them to say he didn't win legitimately, because either Russians or popular vote.

Blogger Hunsdon July 10, 2019 11:30 AM  

See, please, Rudyard Kipling's novel Kim.

Blogger Barbarossa July 10, 2019 11:36 AM  

Wish I could remember who said it, but the quote went to the effect of: "We will know equality for women has been achieved when an incompetent female is placed in a position of great importance." Mission accomplished.

Blogger Jonathon Davies July 10, 2019 11:41 AM  

Boris is the best the shabby Tories can field. He will cuck before you can say "migrant amnesty." Hopefully Farage is waiting in the wings.

As for the leaks, someone needs to be investigated under the official secrets act and go to jail for a long time. I suspect a high level EU loving remainer. Their hatred of Trump is pathological.

Blogger Oswald July 10, 2019 11:54 AM  

Whoever leaked it, must have not only had an axe to grind against Sir Kim, but Trump as well. Two birds for the price of one.

Blogger CM July 10, 2019 12:02 PM  

His name was Kim. That was the first red flag.

Lol. I had the same reaction. But his name might be Kimberly. Nigel Kimberly Darroch?

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia July 10, 2019 12:20 PM  

Duke Norfolk wrote:KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia wrote:That she more or less went into this solo demonstrates conclusively her arrogance and stupidity -- just what we might expect from an "elite globalist."
No, she just had no intention of negotiating. She knew what outcome she wanted, and it didn't require a negotiation, nor any knowledge of all the legalese.

Disagree. I bet she thought she could "thread the proverbial needle" -- get a softer Brexit that would mollify the globalist remainers yet still provide the appearance of following the results of the referendum.

Otherwise, it's a "hard leave" which I daresay she never wanted. And that is indeed what Britain is going to get, largely due to her ineptitude.

There were some many possible permutations that would still have been quite good, other than hard exit. Don't get me wrong -- hard exit is OK, but the EU needs Britain's money more than anything. She could have wrung substantial concessions out of the EU had she, or her team (such as it was) had any negotiating skills at all.

That sort of success would have made her a substantial historical figure. Now she's totally dismissable.

Who's to say if she could have gotten such a deal, but she certainly didn't even use fundamental negotiation principles, and the skill of experts, to achieve her aims.

Blogger James G. July 10, 2019 12:21 PM  

As it was marked Official-Sensitive, not so highly classified as one would hope such indiscrete thoughts would be - almost everything is marked that way in most Departments, and I am sure FCO knows how to mark up real state secrets properly. I suspect it's a Leaver intending to put egg on May's face.

Blogger xevious2030 July 10, 2019 12:21 PM  

"It was immediately clear how incompetent and over her head May was."

She was not simply incompetent. She is a liar, and fulfilled her role.

Blogger binks webelf July 10, 2019 1:01 PM  

Surely the leaks demonstrate how incompetent Whitehall, Westminster, and May's rule & policies have all been. Them as live in glass houses....

Blogger justaguy July 10, 2019 1:19 PM  

What surprises me again and again is how the elites have stopped or greatly minimized the role of competence and intelligence as a requirement for entrance to their group. China seems to have a similar issue with the children of the elites. My view was before the last couple of decades, the elites looked for bright, industrious people to bring in as allies. Think Bill Clinton mentored by his senator, etc. But as ideology has replaced reality, the competent can't gain entry because the belief system is now too opposed to actually getting things done.

As such I am continually amazed at the ineptness of the elites as opposed to say the elites JFK had around him (see The Best and the Brightest"by Halberstam) . As more and more areas become ideology driven instead of performance driven, we get closer and closer to VD's forecast of lack of indoor plumbing.

Blogger Steve Samson July 10, 2019 4:46 PM  

I would like to have said, as an Englishman, that I am terribly, terribly embarrassed by this. However, as an Englishman, I don't actually have any embarrassment left. It's all been used up.
NAEARLT, though.

Blogger VFM #7634 July 10, 2019 5:19 PM  

@28 justaguy

It's not so much that, but that progressives (including cuckservatives, to an extent) have made it basically part of their religion to promote women 'n minorities plus perverts over straight white men at all costs, consequences be damned. Of course, straight white men are the most competent and intelligent, but progressivism blinds them to that fact. So they do attempt to recruit bright, industrious people -- but only if they're female, brown, or perverted. And so we see the neoliberal elite get dumber and dumber as time goes on, and why the Democrat party looks like the geriatric Soviet Communist Party in the '80s plus a bunch of loud stupid younger brown people.

Back in the '60s, this was not nearly so much the case, which is why I think Boomers are so idiotic about all this -- they never had to suffer the consequences of this progressivist article of faith, and don't mind enforcing it on the younger generations.

Blogger David Ray Milton July 10, 2019 11:05 PM  


haha! So he chooses to go by his sissy middle name.

Blogger linesy July 11, 2019 10:19 AM  

Interestingly the head of the civil service sent a fairly unusual email to all staff praising him today 'friend and mentor etc'. He will be net out of the door presumably when the Boris comes in.

Blogger Paul M July 12, 2019 8:48 AM  

"It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder."

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