During an interesting discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, last night, concerning the leaking of memos from the UK ambassador to the USA, by Sir Kim Darroch.
Policy Editor for the Mirror, expressed the view that the leaks were unlikely to have come from a civil savant because the memos were restricted. Therefore, the leaks are more likely to have come from senior politicians. Ms Crerar then asked us to look at the motivations of those involved.
It is not outrageous to suggest that the undermining of Sir Kim is part of a plot to make Nigel Farage the UK ambassador to the USA. Of course, he would love all the adoration in the US that would be involved, and all the facetime with his best buddy Donald Trump.
Boris Johnson said Nigel Farage’s appointment would get a potential rival well out of the way and convince ex-Conservatives who are now Brexit party voters, to return.
Mr Boris Johnson’s response shows that the Brexit Party holds power over a potential future Conservative government; one Tory MP admitted that in the event of a General Election, the party would need to come to an “agreement” with Farage to win and ultimately deliver Brexit, with Andrew Bridgen MP describing Farage as the “kingmaker”.
Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe said Farage will be busy being a prime minister and won’t think about becoming Britain’s prime Minister to US.
President Trump responded on Sunday that Sir Kim “has not served the UK well” with Mr Farage calling for the diplomat’s early removal.
But the British Media couldn’t help but speculate whether Nigel Farage who is a very good friend of the President and a number of people in his administration, could be the next ambassador representing London in Washington, DC, particularly as President Trump had said in 2016 that the politician would do a “great job” of representing the UK across the pond.
Nigel Farage was ask3d if he would take the job but he said on Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t think I’m the right man for that job. Am I the right man to try and help forge a better, closer relationship in terms of intelligence, security, and trade, with an administration that contains friends of mine? Yes, I could be very useful.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage added that the next ambassador to the U.S. should not come from the Foreign Office or Civil Service, saying the next prime minister should choose someone from industry, for example, because it “would send the right message” about post-Brexit Britain’s trade ambitions.
Adding that the Civil Service needs “reform”, the Brexit Party leader said the leak happened because the bureaucratic office is not politically neutral and is inherently pro-Brussels.