• British diplomats, constantly exposed to American political-ethical rhetoric, find their professional skills tested to the limits by the need to keep a straight face. For illustrations of what I mean, study the photographs of the expressions worn by Mr Douglas Hurd at any international conference involving all the Western allies.

    Conor Cruise O'Brien (1994). “On the Eve of the Millennium: The Future of Democracy Through an Age of Unreason”, p.150, Simon and Schuster
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