So the head of state of an important ally from a strategically vital region who we've had somewhat strained relations with pretty recently, who are famous for being fairy prickly and strict about protocol makes an official visit to the country and where's the Foreign Secretary during the opening stages? Oh that's right, rather than trying to help relations and everything go as smoothly as possible he's out of the country adopting a kid. But never mind he sent a junior minister in his place so that's okay. For fucks sake! He's the Foreign Secretary for Gods sake, it's generally considered to be the third highest position in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer as one of the four Great Offices of State. Now I understand that family is important but for positions like this I really do expect a bit of personal commitment from the incumbent and them to put the job first at times. Okay so the sprog popped out a couple of weeks early and that there were paperwork problems but am I really being that unreasonable to of expected him to tell his wife 'Sorry but I have to go, I'll be back in a week or so' and getting on a plane a day or two before the Saudis arrived? Along with the part time Secretary of State for Defence it really does leave me wondering about this government sometimes.