Baroness Ashton, pictured above taking a wee break during a meeting of foreign minister in Finland yesterday, has been reprimanded by the Prime Minister and told she was 'letting the UK down'.
She is said to be traumatised (she does look a bit stunned in the photograph I have to say), after Gordon Brown allegedly swore repeatedly at her during a telephone conversation.
Gordon Brown shoehorned this woman into this post knowing full well she didn't have the qualifications or experience. What does he expect? She's an EU placewoman for the labour party, nothing more, nothing less.
Peter Kilfoyle, a one time labour MP, has written a book. The Mail has published a few titbits: 'The snake oil salesmen who hijacked my party'. It contains some fairly bruising accusations and Mr Kilfoyle certainly has a few axes to grind.
Back to the Baroness, who apparently returns to the UK most weekends to be with her family and refuses to take calls after 8pm. Her aides say she prefers "behind the scenes" diplomacy.
I may have to eat my words when I said she will get her own plane. Modom doesn't seem to have made many influential friends in the EU if the bureaucrats say she has become the 'mediocrity everybody loves to hate'.