News reaches us that British beef is still not good enough for the Americans. It is now some years since there has been any suggestion that eating British beef is in any way risky. The only possible reason that the US could have for continuing to ban British beef is because it’s a convenient cover for protectionism. But we all know what a bully the current US administration can be when it comes to world trade.But in this case, the US is rejecting food aid that we gave them for the victims of Hurrican Katrina. It is an insulting snub to the allies that have stood by them through thick and thin in recent years. This comes on top of (temporarily) advising their armed forces that London was a dangerous place for them to go. A few less insults and a little more solidarity wouldn’t go amiss.