If Douglas Alexander’s speech yesterday–or, more accurately the spin applied to it–prompted concerned phone calls from Washington and a memo from Gordon to the cabinet to go easy with the Bush bashing, then one wonders what Mark Malloch Brown’s quite extraordinary interview with the Telegraph will prompt.
Malloch Brown, Kofi Annan’s former chief of staff, tells Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson that while at the UN he felt that:
“everything I had worked for and fought for was suddenly under attack from one corner of the American political system and if they wanted to go toe to toe on it, I was going to do it."
Throughout the interview, Malloch Brown keeps stressing that he is not anti-American just anti-neo-con; boasting that he’s the American foreign policy establishment’s “favourite multi-nationalist Brit.” But much of what he says will alienate many more folk than just the neo-cons. His hope that British “ foreign policy will become much more impartial” will set the alarm bell ringing as loudly at Foggy Bottom as AEI.