It may be tempting to offer a tribal response to the news that the UK’s Britain’s ambassador in the US has described president Donald Trump and his administration as “inept” and “uniquely dysfunctional”.
That response, though justified, might not be helpful. It would inevitably ask what kind of a government ambassador Kim Darroch thought he was reporting to. A uniquely functional one? Hardly.
In secret analysis sent to Britain, Mr Darroch reportedly said Mr Trump’s presidency could “crash and burn” and “end in disgrace”.
“We don’t really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept,” Mr Darroch allegedly wrote in one dispatch.
It is more than sobering that he may have provided a template for his American counterpart in London, one that seems likely to become ever more relevant if, or more likely when, the highly functional and inspiringly efficient Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.
Strange, worrying times.