CONSUL GENERAL DESCRIBES
LIFE AS BRITISH DIPLOMAT - 5/19/05
Darby, deputy consul general at the British Consulate in Chicago, gave
the Trinity community an inside look at the life of an English diplomat
during his visit to the College May 3.
Darby, a lawyer by training,
came to Chicago as deputy consul in February 2002. His office is responsible
for trade promotion, press relations, issuing visas, public affairs, and
national security. He is looking at particular issues and circumstances
in the United States that may benefit his native country.
"I've been asked to look
at how coal is used in this area," he said. "Coal is to this area what
oil is to Saudi Arabia, and the United States has more coal than anyone
"We're also interested in
some of the unfunded federal mandates and the politics of city funding.
There are some issues of urban regeneration that we want to learn from
the United States."
England's government has
5000 employees in America, and nearly all of these impartial civil servants
were unaffected by the British election May 5, when Prime Minister Tony
Blair won a third term in office. Darby leads 48 people in the Chicago
office who cover the Midwest and work with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The College's Law and Politics
Society invited Darby to campus. After he answered questions from the audience
in Alumni Hall, Gerrit Wieringa, president of the Law and Politics Society,
presented him with a Trinity sweatshirt.