Why am I not surprised . . . ?

Alexandra Hall Hall

I really am not a bit surprised by this. It must be absolutely terrible for anyone with a conscience who works for people like Boris Johnson directly or indirectly. There must be many times when you know that what you are being instructed to do or say is simple untrue, or at any rate, not as simple as it is made out to be. Nearer home, there must be many Civil Servants in the same position. Think of those men and women tasked with trying to make Universal Credit do what it is supposed to do, as they view the evidence of people with serious health problems being classified as “fit for work”, or dying before they receive any assistance. From what we read about Universal Credit it seems to have more in common with the “Final Solution” of the 1940s, than any sort of social security as envisaged by the Labour Government of 1945.

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The British diplomat in charge of explaining Brexit to the US government, Congress and public, has resigned, saying she was no longer prepared to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust”.

Alexandra Hall Hall, the Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in Washington, had been frustrated with the job for some time, according to friends and colleagues.

They said she felt she was not being given enough reliable information to do her job, which was to explain Britain’s departure from the EU to US audiences and help promote a strong US-UK relationship post-Brexit.

Her resignation, which was addressed to the chargé d’affaires, Michael Tatham, and circulated among close colleagues at the embassy, was damning in its description of the Johnson government’s integrity.

“I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern,” Hall Hall wrote in the letter, dated 3 December.

The letter was published by CNN, and its authenticity was confirmed to the Guardian by diplomatic sources.

“It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home,” Hall Hall said. “I am also at a stage in life where I would prefer to do something more rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.”

The “Guardian” article in full here.

About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of Europe and Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be brought before a public tribunal where the evidence can be heard, and examined, and suitable penalties awarded.
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