From an item about how useless the Brit's Foreign Office is. This, from a British ex-diplomat.
(After Hurricane Katrina British citizens were evacuated to the Superdome stadium.)
"Once the roads into New Orleans became passable, a British Consulate convoy set out to pick them up. Reaching a checkpoint, they were told they were not allowed to enter without a permit from the Governor of Louisiana. Our intrepid diplomats turned back.
Ten minutes later the Australian consul arrived. Told he had to turn back, he replied: 'Are you going to shoot me?' and drove through the roadblock, the Southern Cross flying proudly from his bonnet. "
(for our American friends, "his bonnet" is the hood of the car)