The Localism Papers 6 Direct diplomacy

It can be argued that diplomacy is different from other areas of policy. It is, after all, a highly specialised field, remote from the everyday concerns of most voters. Its practitioners have evolved particular skills, and a familiarity with their subject that few laymen can match. Yet precisely the same can be argued, mutatis mutandis, about policing, education or virtually any other field of government activity.

Direct Democracy - Friday, 1st June, 2007