It's a safe bet that Britain's ambassador to the United States will soon get his travelling papers.
Sir Nigel Sheinwald has had not one, but two of his confidential memos about the US presidential candidates leaked. The first dealt with Barack Obama who Sheinwald described as "decidedly liberal." That might not ruffle too many feathers but the second memo, which focused on John McCain, might. From The Guardian:
"An exasperated McCain has been telling friends in recent weeks that Palin is even more trouble than a pitbull.
"In one joke doing the rounds, the Republican presidential candidate has been asking friends: what the difference is between Sarah Palin and a pitbull? The friendly canine eventually lets go, is the McCain punchline.
"The jaws of senior mandarins dropped when they read Sheinwald's account of McCain's thoughts on Palin which the ambassador reportedly picked up from a military friend of McCain's. The telegram was restricted to an even smaller group of people than usual for fear of another embarrassing leak. "We took one look at this and hid it away," one Whitehall source said."