Here's what Dr Lorentz said about the latest Radio Free Delingpole podcast with Toby Young.
James, you and Toby spent a fair while bemoaning the asymmetry of the special relationship, going so far as to suggest that people in the US are unaware of this relationship. Humorous as I found your banter, I take exception.
Over the years, I’ve experienced the special relationship first hand. In official dealings between government officials (at low levels), there’s definitely a connection with the UK that exists with no other nation. Whether it’s the MoD, MI5, or MI6, there's a remarkable amount of cooperation and trust. I’ve always felt most welcome in your country in a way that I've not experienced elsewhere. Undoubtedly the common language and culture are a big part of this. Whatever the cause, the feeling is mutual.
Obviously this is nice to hear. But I don't think Toby and I ever doubted it. We love America and in our hearts we know that America loves us and our country too. So that exception you took, my dear Dr Lorentz, was wasted exception. And it's not that I'm berating you here: you're American. What's happening in this instance, I believe, is a classic case of Things About The British That Americans Don't Quite Get.
The Thing here is: English self-deprecation. It's what we do, all the time. If we've got something to shout about, we don't shout about it. Maybe it's a legacy of having spent two centuries ruling one third of the world: when the atlas is colored pink you really don't need to bang on about how wonderful you are. Or maybe it's not that, maybe our rain-sodden island status has turned us over the centuries into a bunch of self-hating, miserable sods who can't see the good in anything. I don't know the cause. All I do know is that putting ourselves down comes to us as naturally as breathing. Or loathing the French. Or missing vital penalties in World Cup football matches. Or....well, you get the idea.