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By Tumbler   October 2007

Not-so-diplomatic Nigel

The incoming British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald is preceded by his reputation as a bruiser. Everybody on the diplomatic circuit has heard that he snapped, “Are you in favour of suicide bombers?” at one middle east expert in a Downing Street meeting. After a term in Brussels as our man at the EU and, most recently, a stint as Blair’s foreign policy adviser, many foreign ministries have first-hand knowledge of Nigel’s ways. The Russians have been talking up his hasty departure from Moscow after a car accident in which a Russian died, and the Spanish complain that he…

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