2019-10-08 10:39:55 UTC
The wife of a diplomat drives her car on the wrong side of the road,
collides with Harry Dunn who is on his motorbike, and Harry is killed.
She leaves the country and claims diplomatic immunity.
America could if it wanted waive the diplomatic immunity but
historically it never does, although when the boot is on the other foot
the UK and other countries do waive diplomatic immunity sometimes, so
that perpetrators can stand trial in the USA.
The newspapers now say that Boris will ask for diplomatic immunity to be
waived as a special favour to him, as proof of his special relationship
with Donald. This is like one of those scenes out of The Sopranos. If
the answer is likely to be "no", I expect Boris will pretend that he
never actually asked.
But does it matter if the woman never stands trial? Putting her on trial
won't bring back Harry. It's not like fraud or murder, where the
perpetrator is likely to be a danger to society. Is it any different
from the decision not to prosecute the Duke of Edinburgh after his road