From a complaint sent by an annoyed New Zealander to Boris Johnson's office last week:
"Please tell me just which century the Mayor of London is living in? I have just seen him on New Zealand Television talking about the upcoming rugby match between New Zealand and England. In that interview he stated that he hoped the "mother country" would win.
"I take it he does realise that for the majority of New Zealanders the "mother country" is New Zealand, an independent Pacific Nation. Because quite frankly, few people in New Zealand, apart from a small number of elderly Pākehā and expats would ever consider England as being the "mother country".
"For the rest of us, the Mayor's comments are actually insulting. I would certainly hate to think that the Mayor was glorifying England's colonial past, because I am sure he knows as much as any person, that England has a lot to be ashamed of in her treatment of her former colonies, and in particular here in New Zealand, the Maori People.
"I know I am certainly not the first to say this, (and I somehow doubt I'll be the last), but perhaps he could choose his words more wisely?"
Oh Boris. Is there a nation you haven't offended yet?