Polticians of all persuasions have honed an amazing skill of disguising the interests of their favoured constituencies by wrapping them in the camouflage of preaching for the greater good, even when this is diametrically opposed to what they practice, and managing to keep a straight face.

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross provides the latest example in his submission on GDPR (Opinion, May 30). His endorsement of not wishing to “interrupt transatlantic co-operation and create unnecessary barriers to trade” is touching.

Given the current trajectory of US foreign policy, it is akin to the fox wanting to remove the safety fence from around a chicken run to protect their freedom of movement.

David Rex
Manchester, UK

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