It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as at home.
Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs. It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.
Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour. She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.
Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year. On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.
I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit. The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU. We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.
As always, it is cause and effect. You do something; it has an effect. For example, you bomb a country to smithereens and the effect is that its population flees.
No war exit policy has worked since the British went into Afghanistan. The bad guys, the Nailbat, are still there, mainly because it is about the bad people’s thought patterns, rather than physical obliteration. They are passed on, via the tradition of oral storytelling.
Educate the children to find longlasting peace in the way of that country and create diplomacy amongst the adults. Regrettably, that is another of Mr Osborne’s timebombs. Diplomats returned home after a visit to China, kept together only by their good judgement. They stopped George blundering into making the Chinese lose face and when they returned home, a stupidly ungrateful government announced diplomatic job cuts in the Foreign Office . Give us strength to outlast idiots.
Please do not let Mr Osborne, in particular and also his boss stumble into situations where they think themselves obliged to help out foreign billionaires where none is expected. The scar of HS1 and HS2 anyone? It has tracks and is being built by … you are so far ahead of me … a Chinese billionaire who favours German carriages while we sink into the mire of false gratitude.