The Curmudgeon


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Charm Offensive

Despite having been invited, the United Kingdom has refused to send a representative to the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran. The Ministry for Wogs, Frogs and Huns has had a sudden attack of Europhilia and has decided to follow the EU position, which is that the ceremony will be attended by diplomats already based in Tehran. Britain has had no diplomatic representation there since a mob attacked the embassy in 2011, and the Bullingdon Club is doubtless still smarting at the fact that a few angry rag-heads can do to Britain what all Davey's forces and all Davey's men couldn't do to Ecuador. As if that were not enough, Rouhani is a former nuclear negotiator whose lack of credibility as a frothing demagogue is a gratuitous insult to the Government's crying need for a fight over Iran's hardline stance on its weapons of mass supposition. He'll have to do better than that.


  • At 9:51 pm , Anonymous The Judge said...

    And - as ever when 'Bloke launches a 'charm offensive' - he succeeds in getting it half right.

  • At 11:02 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    I was thinking of when I first heard the phrase: it was during the 1980s when the fiend Gorbachev was flying around Europe, depriving the international community of its Great Satan, and forcing a terrified White House to settle for gimcrack substitutes like Libya and Grenada. Translated from the politicalese, a charm offensive is an enemy's cunningly calculated attempt to mend fences prematurely, without having the courtesy to let Washington and its chums create the desolation which the Press calls peace.

  • At 9:41 am , Anonymous Michael Greenwell said...

    I think the fact he was educated in Glasgow has something to do with it.

    The jocks are not to be encouraged at the moment.


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