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August 14, 2006

The Influence of Monty Python on British Foreign Policy

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand recently hosted David Fall, the soon to retire British Ambassador to Thailand. His lecture addressed the "surreal side of the world's negotiating circuit." The Telegraph has a fair summary but I would be delighted to find a copy of text on-line. His adventures in translation deserve closer scrutiny.

Mr Fall is quick to point the finger of fun at himself and his colleagues. Describing diplomats as "bureaucrats and political eunuchs" undeserving of the deference they are accorded, he said: "If you've got no sense of the ridiculous it can go to your head. The main importance of Python is that it deflates the pompous, it recognises the absurdities of life - and, believe me, diplomacy has more than its fair share of both."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 14, 2006 05:47 AM