Russian state TV criticised the PM for not holding her wine glass by its stem – so here are three tips to help her perfect her etiquette
Given the tales of Russian trolls infiltrating British media, we perhaps should not attach too much weight to Russian state TV’s recent takedown of Theresa May’s dress sense. There is one element of current affairs show Vesti Nedeli’s critique, however, on which I think we can all agree. “She didn’t pick up her glass by the stem, as is common practice in respectable society,” noted an outraged Dmitry Kiselev. Quite right too, Dmitry.
Such behaviour might not be quite so egregious coming from, say, the US president. It might not even be such a faux pas at the office party. But if you are trying to blend into the upper echelons of international diplomacy, it is a surefire way to betray the fact that you are out of your depth. It is the kind of faux pas that Sean Connery remarks upon when Spectre spook Robert Shaw orders a chianti with his dover sole in From Russia With Love: “Red wine with fish; that should have told me something.” (Red with fish is actually perfectly acceptable, by the way, though I would suggest a red burgundy rather than the chianti that Shaw chose.)