Cameron the “lightweight”, and *that* lingering problem

5 Dec

I must admit that I had to suppress a giggle when I read that Slippery Dave’s much-vaunted July meeting with the then presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, wasn’t quite as rosy as the Tory spin-merchants painted it.

The New Statesman reports, that in fact, Mr. Cameron played a poorly chosen hand, concentrating on his pro-Americanism while launching into an “anti-European diatribe”. This was only 48-hours after Obama’s famous Berlin speech that called for more multilateralism from world powers and a stronger, more united Europe.

Indeed, if Cameron had taken the time to study Obama’s foreign policy speeches, he would understand that the now President elect considers a robust and focused EU, as a natural partner to a reborn American internationalism.

Slippery Dave’s rabid Europhobia didn’t go down well at all, with the former Illinois senator being left “distinctly unimpressed” with the Tory leader (far from the instant “bond” that Tory PR-goons gushed about).

Back in March The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson asked if DC was The British Obama, and DC has sought to align himself with the President-elect at every opportunity – declaring Obama “the first of a new generation of leaders”.

This admiration is clearly not shared over the Atlantic, with Obama declaring Cameron (and this is glorious) a “lightweight” – something I’ve long argued.

However, schadenfreude aside, I think this raises a significant problem for Cameron and the Tories. In fact it’s an old problem – a festering boil of a problem: Europe.

Cameron won the leadership campaign promising a more hostile approach to the continent, promising to leave the EPP and battle any further integration with fellow European States. So just as Obama is looking to create a coalition of democratic states – with The US and The EU at its centre – Cameron is pulling in the opposite direction.

It seems that Europe, that old cancer within the Tories, is no longer malignant.

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2 Responses to “Cameron the “lightweight”, and *that* lingering problem”

  1. tom@blairwatch.co.uk December 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    All very interesting – I’ve been dimly aware that the neocon influence in the Tories was probably behind a lot of the rowing towards America (several examples in Boris’s London, such as the Venezuela thing and the lurking Policy Exchange presence). It’s fun to note that in their attemtps to pull Britain west they’re going to sail past the new President rowing America east.So not only have the Tories lost their economic ideology but also their international one, too. In fact, can they be said to exist (except as a PR shell, which is easy) outside a world which contains a strong neo-liberal, neo-conservative USA? I have my doubts.

  2. tom@blairwatch.co.uk December 6, 2008 at 9:50 pm #

    All very interesting – I’ve been dimly aware that the neocon influence in the Tories was probably behind a lot of the rowing towards America (several examples in Boris’s London, such as the Venezuela thing and the lurking Policy Exchange presence). It’s fun to note that in their attemtps to pull Britain west they’re going to sail past the new President rowing America east.So not only have the Tories lost their economic ideology but also their international one, too. In fact, can they be said to exist (except as a PR shell, which is easy) outside a world which contains a strong neo-liberal, neo-conservative USA? I have my doubts.

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