IN the era of Trump and Brexit, the world is suddenly awash with experts on international diplomacy.
Remainers tell us with total certainty what we can and cannot expect from negotiations with Brussels.
And angry keyboard warriors demand the Prime Minister lectures foreign countries over their democratically-elected leaders.
The US President’s immigration ban is probably unworkable and indeed no American has been killed on home soil by a Muslim from one of the seven banned countries.
But many US and European citizens still live in fear of terrorist attacks and their concerns shouldn’t simply be ignored.
Noisy virtue-signallers might prefer that Theresa May had condemned Trump’s ban at the first opportunity, but would it have helped our interests in the long run?
If the PM’s cautious response means she’s better placed to secure America’s support for Nato — which has done more than anything to preserve peace in Europe over the past 70 years — or conclude a trade deal that will deliver real financial gains to millions of Brits, we can’t blame her.
Memories are long in international diplomacy and a few careless words are capable of changing the course of history.
In the meantime, Britain can best serve people of all faiths and nationalities by exerting its influence on the White House to promote greater understanding and acceptance.
It won’t win Mrs May many friends on social media, but it would be the actions of a true world power.
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Dignity for sick
PATIENTS should expect to be treated with dignity in hospital. But it’s getting rarer and rarer.
We’ve seen harrowing pictures of people left in corridors and on makeshift beds.
Our older, fatter, rapidly-rising population is forcing impossible choices on hospitals daily.
But while cosmetic surgeries and IVF suck up NHS funds, vulnerable patients are abandoned to unsuitable wards and humiliating treatment.
A change in health service priorities is urgently needed.