The BBC on Murray

by Laurence on 10/16/2004

From BBC News:

That is why the stated reason for his dismissal is said by the Foreign Office to be “operational” not “political.” An ineffective ambassador is not an asset.

I am quite sure that there is not only irritation with Mr Murray in the Foreign Office but anger as well. His personal ambitions are being called into question.

Mr Murray incidentally has broken another civil service rule, albeit in this affair a relatively minor one. But it shows how there has been a complete breakdown of relations between himself and the Foreign Office.

By giving an interview to the BBC Today Programme on Friday morning, after his dismissal, he broke the rule that civil servants have to get permission to do such interviews. He did not, I am told, get such permission.

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