(Frost)”became a figure familiar in many workplaces: the frustrated middle manager, whose resentment at an indifferent world that overlooks him gnaws at his pride. Do not underestimate the anger of the men no one remembers.”

John Kerr, a former head of the diplomatic service, described his former staffer as being “very diligent and conscientious, good at carrying out instructions, not always as good at querying instructions”. Kerr didn’t mean it as a compliment.

Damning with faint praise.
Off he went to offer a bit of boosterism to the Scotch Whiskey Industry.

I wonder what they think of him now?

His notable absence of commitment to a Brexit prior to the referendum made him an excellent fit for Johnson. For both Brexit was a career move.
His efforts at playing hardball resulted in harder ball being played right back with his and Johnson’s dumb as an ox game of threatening to break International Law.

We are all, as with so much to do with Brexit, paying for that.
Even communist China got a better deal.

“Does he not see how he will fail again? Does he not realise that Brexit left the UK isolated and deluded, and choking in a level of paperwork that can only be described as Kafkaesque”

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