Cameron’s diplomacy skills have come too little, too late

<span>Ian West wonders why David Cameron did not dazzle as prime minister as he does now at the UN.</span><span>Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images</span>
Ian West wonders why David Cameron did not dazzle as prime minister as he does now at the UN.Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

In these turbulent times, it is reassuring to discover that other countries’ diplomats are impressed with David Cameron’s energy, work ethic and effectiveness in working with foreign governments (‘He’s getting a lot done’: Cameron’s first 100 days as foreign secretary impress, 26 February). However, I can’t help thinking that if only he had displayed these attributes more when he was prime minister, in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, Britain might be in a better place today.
Ian West
Broseley, Shropshire

• It’s unlikely, I think, that George Galloway would have been very many people’s second choice in the Rochdale byelection, had they been given the chance to express a preference (Report, 1 March). So 39.7% support is a “great victory”. Like the 43.6% that gave Boris Johnson his “vast mandate” in 2019. Let’s hear it for our outdated electoral system: giving people the MPs they don’t want since 1832.
Neil Hickman
Hardingham, Norfolk

• In the early 1950s, my friend Lyndsey and I, as the best spellers in the class, were told to learn to spell escholtzia (sic) and physiognomy (mispronounced, as I remember). It has not done us a great deal of good in the long run (Letters, 27 February).
Gillian Bassett
Great Barford, Bedfordshire

• On the letters from Sheffield (26 February), let’s keep them coming …
Sue Bolger

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