The suggestion by president-elect Donald Trump that Nigel Farage should be appointed UK ambassador to the US has been universally welcomed in Westminster this morning.
‘It’s a bloody ace idea!’ said one senior civil servant today, ‘I can’t think why it never occurred to us.
‘You see, this is the sort of blue-sky thinking that marks-out Mr Trump as the intellectual powerhouse we all know him to be!’
Of Mr Farage’s many splendidly ambassadorial qualities, those that most impress the prime-minister, are said to be ‘his finely honed diplomatic skills, his instinctive self-deprecation and his ability to get on with absolutely everybody, especially foreigners.’
So welcome has been Mr Trump’s unexpected intervention in another state’s internal affairs that the president-elect is expected to be invited by Number 10 to advise on a number of matters we would otherwise be incapable of sorting out for ourselves.
However, the prime-minister is unlikely to be able to take advantage of Mr Trump’s extraordinary geo-political vision and experience any time soon, as he will be busy for at least the next month ‘being taught how to find Canada on a map and learning to fasten his own shoes’ in preparation for becoming president.