Philip Hammond is not known for his diplomacy.
For example, most MPs who were caught claiming massive amounts of dosh on expenses for things like unnecessary second homes (and in Hammond’s case teaspoon collections) immediately apologised profusely to taxpayers and offered to pay the money back.
Not, however, boorish multi-millionaire Hammond – who was so oblivious to public anger he said he would continue claiming for his second home until the rules changed.
And as transport minister, Hammond’s diplomatic acumen was no sharper. He ignored 200 years of cycling history and offended millions of cyclists by trying to officially eliminate the popular activity as a form of transport.
Hammond’s extreme lack of diplomatic skills were on show again when he became Defence Secretary – when he sacked thousands of armed forces personnel denying them a full pension.
And when asked by journalists about a tax dodging scheme he was involved in he undiplomatically snapped: “What has it got to do with you?”
In fact, Hammond is so lacking in diplomatic finesse, he can’t even be bothered to remember the names of the people he’s engaged in debate with.
So guess who Cameron has decided to put in charge of the UK’s most important and often delicate diplomatic negotiations with our friends, allies and potential enemies?
Yep. I’m afraid so.
Unbelievably, tactless, blundering Hammond is now our Foreign Secretary – in charge of our diplomatic service.
And true to form – just a few days ago – bungling Hammond almost derailed the delicate nuclear negotiations between the US and Iran by using a gesture considered to be extremely offensive in Iran:
In fact, in Iran, this is so bad it’s akin to giving the middle finger to someone.
So why don’t we all give a big (Iranian style) thumbs up to Philip Hammond – yet another of Cameron’s incompetent clowns who are now running the country?
NEXT WEEK: Theresa May