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Dear Sir David,

We briefly overlapped, I recall, as schoolboys at Winchester, but I remember you better from the time in the early 1990s when I was reporting from the UN in New York and you were the British ambassador there. You were much admired by the journalists for your capacity to skip out of security council meetings with extraordinary rapidity to the corridor outside-where the television cameras would be waiting. Invariably you would get your version of events across before that of Madeleine Albright, the American ambassador-never your favourite, I believe. I thought then that…

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