The Sunday Times is reporting that Foreign Office officials have turned on Lord Malloch-Brown, their minister, describing him as a “liability” for the government. Malloch-Brown upset people when he said that Britain and the US should no longer be "joined at the hip". It's hard to find many people, apart from Blair, who think we should be.
Aparently, Malloch-Brown has also upset Labour friends of Israel.
This pretty well sums up the received wisdom around UK foreign policy that whatever you do, you mustn't upset the US or Israel.
But why are Foreign Office officials, with the apparent connivance of David Miliband and the help of the Sunday Times, engaging in a whispering campagn against a minister?