Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

Just when officials at the Foreign Office thought they could live without embarrassment for a while, it turns out Jeremy Hunt is just as stupid as his immediate forerunner.

On a trip to China, intended to strengthen trade ties ahead of Brexit, Hunt tried to win the approval of his hosts by mentioning that his wife is Japanese – evoking memories of a centuries-old rivalry and a bloody occupation in the 1930s and 40s.

He backslid fast but the damage had been done.

Good luck getting a decent trade deal now, Jeremy! I only wish I had some knowledge of Chinese so I could describe you in the appropriate language.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.

China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

  1. nmac064

    Hunt is the character who, when caught embezzling expenses to which he wasn’t entitled, claimed he didn’t understand the rules. Another thoroughly dishonest and incompetent Tory.

  2. beastrabban

    If I remember correctly, there is indeed a suitable Chinese word to describe Jeremy Hunt: Mukden. Please excuse the spelling, as I’ve only heard it, not seen it written. It means ‘stupid’.

    Apart from that, I suggest consulting the works of Wu Cheng-An. I’m sure the great author of the classic ‘Monkey’ has some very telling comments about stupidity and ineptitude.

  3. Roger Errington

    Mrs Hunt: ‘I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so …’

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