The Ambassador’s Prisoner

Engaging with Richard Ratcliffe, Nazanin’s husband, was a golden opportunity for the Islamic Republic to show Britain a diplomatic, pragmatic and most importantly, a human side. Mr. Baeidinejad could have scored many diplomatic and humanitarian points by acting as an intermediary between the Ratcliffes and the Iranian government. It would have raised his standing and made Europe and the UK more inclined towards a regime that is finding itself increasingly isolated. He could have been a diplomat but alas a leopard never changes its spots.