(Apologies for the lateness of this blog, and my recent inactivity. I simply hadn't had something inspiring to write about)
“You can’t bludgeon your way through Bureaucracy, Commander Sheppard”
“I can bludgeon pretty hard”
Now I don’t like David Cameron. For starters, he is a Conservative, a political ideology I am opposed to. I don’t like his plans for the economy (especially as my home town is the guinea pig for his ‘Big Society’ plans) and I just generally find him to fit the bill of the slimy, un-trustworthy politician. Yet I find myself developing a grudging respect for the man, thanks to his actions in India and Turkey.
In-case you hadn’t noticed, or are simply far enough detached from the frivolities of teenagers to do so, the above quote is from a game. It might seem odd to insert a quote from such a media, but I find it reflects adequately what Mr Cameron has decided to do (as well as being a line that always makes me smile). Whereas Labour decided to side step any issue, or turn a blind eye for fear of losing an ally, Cameron has simply gone in with a cudgel and told them what he thinks. Because if Pakistan is double dealing, they are as much a detriment to our plans (a term used in its widest sense when you consider how much of a mess they are) in Afghanistan as they are an aid. A country cannot be an ally and an enemy at the same time, and Cameron has made it clear he will not sidestep the situation like his predecessors.
And let us not forget that it was a combined effort of many countries, including Britain, that allowed Israel to come into sovereignty in the first place (and their excellent military). I find myself agreeing with our Prime Minister that their actions have turned the Gaza Strip into a prison camp. The shooting of innocent Turks on a humanitarian mission a few months ago was a sign that Israel does not wish for aid to enter.
What also drew my attention was the reaction of the press. We often cry out for our politicians to finally be honest, but then when one of them decides to actually be so, the media doubt that too. “Is honesty the best, foreign, policy” is a little quote that has stuck in my mind. Well maybe it is my more brutish attitude towards politics, but yes. If you give countries a long leash, they will only stretch it. Maybe the Prime Minister’s early forays into honesty signals a turning point, where we start to real this leash in and finally tell some of these countries where they can stick their own foreign policy.