17 April 2012
I can't help but remember how disappointed I was when I had my first glimpse of a diplomatic pouch. I grew up with James Bond and George Smiley and a health regard for the mystique surrounding the Foreign Office. I had expected a hand-tooled leather bag with brass locks and catches. Instead, I saw a stencilled plastic sack secured with a plastic tie. The public's perception of diplomacy is indeed skewed!