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Much has been made, at least this side of the pond, on David Cameron’s visit to America this week. The British press are puffed up with pride that finally this administration is taking the “Special Relationship” between Britain and America seriously again. Yards of press footage of happy, smiley, manly, sports-loving blokes, all hearty backslapping overly indulged laughter and joint press conferences have been slavered over the papers.
I suspect the matter was of far less importance stateside.
Now I have opined on the state of the “Special Relationship” between Britain and the States before, here and here, so tonight I thought I might look at a different aspect of David’s visit, and ask a couple of other questions.
Why, given his previous coolth toward all things British and European, should Barack suddenly come over all warm and chummy and wheel out the common-roots-and-language old pals act? Can it be, as the British press assume, because he and Moochelle were so totaly overwhelmed by the Queen’s hospitality they felt honour bound to pull out all the stops when wee Davy dropped by? Somehow I doubt it. I felt that all the schmooze and razzmatazz was really for the benefit of the Republicans in American. For here Obama was surely shouting out to the Republican voter that this British visitor was a real Conservative. Here, in David Cameron, Obama was saying, is the true model of modern conservative values, and that these values sit closer to Obama than they do to the policies of that wretched crew of insane religious nutters and women haters that the poor old Grand Ol’ Party has managed to lumber itself with this time around.
And in case you don’t think this is right, you might ask why in an Election year of all years, David Cameron studiously avoided any public contact with any of the Republican candidates whatsoever? He seemed to shun the Republicans.
Fear of being tainted, even by the mildest of contact, is the reason. Cameron chose to avoid like the plague any meeting with a candidate. Partly perhaps because he did not want to be seen to favour one candidate over another, to avoid being seen to be giving any endorsements, but surely more likely a clear sign that even in wider world of right wing politics, the American Republican party is drifting into pariah status.
A good week for Obama.
Copyright David Macadam 2012