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Ambassadors unplugged


Ambassadors have an important role maintaining diplomacy, calm, and sharing respectful views at all times. But they do have one chance to tell their superiors at home what they really do think about the country in which they serve, in the valedictory dispatch as they leave their post. Matthew Parris, presenter of Parting Shots, a new series for Radio 4, reveals some of the poignant, mischievous or on occasion downright rude, valedictory dispatches of former ambassadors.

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