The BBC's relentless attacks on President Donald Trump continue apace.
This report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38805196 tells us how upset a Foreign Office mandarin is.
'Lord Ricketts, who was permanent secretary at the Foreign Office from 2006 to 2010, said it was unprecedented for a US president to be invited for a state visit in their first year in the White House.
In a letter to the Times, he questioned whether Mr Trump was "specially deserving of this exceptional honour" and described the invitation as "premature".
"It would have been far wiser to wait to see what sort of president he would turn out to be before advising the Queen to invite him.
"Now the Queen is put in a very difficult position," he said.'
Oddly there's no mention of Lord Ricketts views on the King of Saudi Arabia being accorded a State Visit. Did the fragrant Lord Ricketts have any idea of what sort of ruler, of what sort of State, he was? Is Lord Ricketts not at all exercised about public executions, apartheid operating in Mecca, hideous human rights abuses and the other manifestations of Islamic rule in that country?
How about the President of The Peoples Republic of China? Did Lord Ricketts have any issue with the President of that country being granted a State Visit? Was he concerned about the invasion, occupation and ethnic cleansing of Tibet? How about the executions, restrictions on human rights and other human rights restrictions in that country.
Some might say that Lord Ricketts's protestations are a little selective.