The widely-used expression “the special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the US is dead, according to MPs. At times, it seems the relationship has not been reciprocal, although we stood by Bush in Afghanistan and Iraq, Americans have been reticent to show similar support in our recent discussions over the Falkland Islands.
This will be misinterpreted by any Europhiles who want to see a United States of Europe. The US is a vital partner on matters of defence, trade and democracy. The Founding Fathers of America’s constitutional government wanted to defy the British ‘tyranny of the monarchy’ and create their own way of doing things. Today, it seems they want no place in British politics and that is a shame. The failings of New Labour, especially under Gordon Brown, have proved that Britain is not a valuable asset to our partners across the pond. Should he take Number Ten this spring, David Cameron should try to regain this, not as “Bush’s Poodle” like Blair, but through regaining a mutual respect of what each party can bring to the table. Our support of the US in the Middle East should not go unrecognised. We need better foreign relations – ever wondered why we never win Eurovision? Because unlike Russia – who have plenty of cronies who like to vote for their pals – nobody likes us anymore. It is not cool to be British or be associated with Britain. One of the core aims of the next government would be to address our international standing, bringing our beautiful country out of the doldrums, and never ever again will we hear the phrase “sick man of Europe”.
Nile Gardiner in this week’s Sunday Telegraph says: “The preservation of the Special Relationship must be at the centre of a Tory foreign policy. It is the beating heart of the free world and the engine that drives the global war against Islamist terrorism. Mr. Cameron should follow the example of both Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher in ensuring that the long-term alliance with the United States remains the anchor of British leadership on the world stage.”
Let’s try and patch up the special relationship. If it means sleeping downstairs on the sofa, renewing our vows or marriage counselling, it’s a relationship worth saving.