Sunday, 8 March 2009
The "Special Relationship"
There was a time when generous Americans gave us decent gifts like Lend-Lease North American Mustangs and Sherman tanks. But that was then.
Now the poor relations from Europeshire get fobbed off with plastic helicopters from the White House giftshop and a boxed set of classic dvds (still, the thought and preparation that someone put into clipping the coupons from the newspapers and posting them off with a sae is appreciated). Will someone please tell Gordon that he can't make Obama his friend by buying him nice presents. Besides, the Obama presidency embarrassed Russia with a gift of a red button marked "overload" in Russian (can't any language experts in the State Department access Babelfish?). Brown has to realise that Obama hails most recently from the notorious Chicago, Illinois democratic party machine where all friendships and favours are paid for. If he ain't givin' he ain't wantin'.
In the famous words of the 3rd Viscount Palmerson "We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies.Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow."