It's official: Britain doesn't like Mitt Romney. His visit has been christened by our media the "Romneyshambles" ("omnishambles" being a coinage of Armando Ianucci - writer of the political sitcoms The Thick Of It and its US variation Veep, much used of late to describe the incompetence of the Cameron administration).
Personally, I can forgive those of Romney's gaffes which had to do with protocol (such as mentioning he'd had a briefing from our security services; getting the proper title of the leader of the Opposition wrong), but what really didn't impress me was his total lack of diplomacy regarding our Olympics.
Look, I yield to no one in my detestation of the Olympics. It feels like being occupied by a foreign power - in this case, the International Olympic Committee. I deeply resent the needless expense and inconvenience it has caused Londoners. And yes, it is an embarrassing sign of just what a third-world country Britain has become that we couldn't get our security right and we can't get our transport system to work.
But while it's fine for a Brit to mention this stuff - self-deprecation is our national sport and if it were in the Olympics we'd win gold - it is not OK for a visiting US politician to drag it up. It's just plain rude. I thought Mitt Romney came from a good family. I thought he'd had an expensive education. Did no one ever teach him any manners?