Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Quote: Stereotyping diplomacy, sounds familiar?

Distinguished American DiplomatsImage by misterbisson via Flickr
"Stereotyping diplomacy is very easy to do. We suffer from it enormously and we haven’t found any very effective response. There was a case the other day, about travel advice, in the light of recent sad events in the Yemen and Uganda, where a spokesman for the Travel Agents Association or something says - the Foreign Office travel people are bow-tied ex-Oxford types - if anything could be further from the truth I can’t imagine but that is the stereotype she wanted to portray because she feels that strikes a chord particularly in the tabloids and perhaps more generally across British public opinion."

Sir David Gore-Booth
Former British Ambassador to India
British Diplomatic Oral History Project | 1999
David Alwyn Gore-Booth, diplomat and banker (1943- 2004)

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