March 17, 2009

THE DANGER OF A PROFESSIONAL CIVIL SERVICE...:

UK diplomat 'goes native' with North Korea eulogy (Nicholas Cecil, 17.03.09, Evening Standard)

BRITAIN'S ambassador to North Korea has been accused of "going native" after writing an extraordinary eulogy of life under dictator Kim Jong II.

Peter Hughes waxed lyrical about the "festive" atmosphere at elections in the Communist dictatorship this month.

Glossing over the fact that opposition parties are not allowed to stand in elections, he devoted a page on the Foreign Office website to an admiring portrait of polling day in capital Pyongyang.

"There was a very festive atmosphere throughout the city..." he wrote.

"Outside the central polling stations there were bands playing and people dancing and singing to entertain the queues of voters waiting patiently.

"The booths selling drinks and snacks were very popular with the crowds and everyone seemed to be having a good time."

Mr Hughes added: "There was a reported turn-out of over 99 per cent of the voters and all the candidates, including Kim Jong Il, were elected with 100 per cent approval."


...is that the bureaucrats always end up representing those they're supposed to be overseeing instead of the electorate they're supposed to be serving.

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