The ‘progressives’ were apoplectic when they heard that Australia’s most qualified diplomat, Alexander Downer, was off to London to replace Mike Rann.
Downer has forgotten more about diplomacy and foreign affairs than most DFAT staff have ever learned. He is orders of magnitude more qualified to be our High Commissioner in London than Rann, Rudd and Carr combined.
Yet Rann hadn’t been booted out of London. He was given a reward – a post far, far more attractive than London. One which has a significantly lower Ministerial workload and which had long been the centre of the world.
Yes, Rome. The greatest city on Earth. In one of the great countries. Rann’s wife is Italian to boot.
Rann will probably get to serve a full three years in Rome. Great work if you can get it.
Ciao bella Roma.