“It’s a pity that the former foreign secretary (Johnson)....did not stand up for our leading diplomat in the US yesterday.”
"It is unedifying to see someone who wants to be PM failing to stand up for hard-working civil servants, who have done nothing wrong, under attack from foreign governments. Leadership involves standing up for your team."
"I am outraged that a selection of his reports should have been leaked. I am sure that our ambassadors worldwide will continue to provide the objective and rigorous reporting that the FCO has always prized."
"Kim has been an outstanding public servant with a distinguished career in the highest-profile jobs. It should not have ended like this. He has been taken out by an act of political sabotage. What does this say about the state of our country?"
“It is clear that Boris Johnson is effectively behaving as Donald Trump’s patsy and is doing that clearly because he’s banking on a sweetheart trade deal and is putting himself in hoc to the US President.”
“I think most people feel … I don’t want anybody else telling us what to do. Or anybody else criticizing our government, I suppose is my feeling.”