openly declared Britain is no more than the “junior partner” of the US,
irritated Israelis by calling Gaza a prison camp and enraged Pakistanis by
suggesting their country exports terrorism.
nearly 200 years?
new chapter in British diplomacy – casting himself as a truth-teller distinct
from his Labour predecessors, whom he has accused of relying on spin?
criticised the country’s counter-terrorism efforts during a visit to India,
Pakistan’s nuclear rival: “It’s an immature reaction from an immature
politician. He should choose his words more carefully.”
contrast to the political waffling of former prime minister Gordon Brown and
Tony Blair’s accused sycophancy with his US counterparts.
Lady Margaret Thatcher, who made a virtue of upsetting her European counterparts
and once famously told one of her lawmakers “your spine does not reach your
brain” after a dispute over a key parliamentary vote.
difference between being a straight talker and a loudmouth.”
to shore up support at home since his Conservative Party failed to win enough
parliamentary seats to lead a majority government.
Liberal Democrats, a partnership some predict may not last.
Cameron will need to win over voters he failed to convince in April – many of
them traditional Labour supporters.
University of Nottingham, said: “It is a long-term strategy.
He spent the
election trying to convince people he was a different kind of Conservative, a
liberal Conservative. And he didn’t quite seal the deal.”
faces a tough sell at home.
packages in decades, meant to tackle Britain’s gargantuan deficit – measures
that feature extreme cuts to public spending that will take a bite out of
services from buses to health care, as well as tax hikes that will hit rich and
Few are likely to be happy with the cuts ahead.
British leader - both at home and abroad.
at a time when Americans were seething over the BP oil spill – Cameron tried to
dilute the political impact of the disaster, but also spoke of the company’s
importance and refused to authorise an inquiry into its links with Libya,
enraging US senators.
on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists, adding that the
Palestinian territory “cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison
security concerns or the Islamic militant Hamas, which has fired rockets into
southern Israel from Gaza.
the junior partner in the World War II fight against Germany in 1940 – a point
when the US had not even entered the war.
The gaffe angered British veterans,
but also harkened back to Blair, who was caricatured as George W Bush’s poodle
for agreeing to join the US-led war in Iraq.
Pakistan during Cameron’s visit to rival India – just a week before Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari comes to Britain.
want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan.
But we cannot tolerate in
any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able,
in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India, whether to
Afghanistan or to anywhere else in the world.”
Haqqani network, the al-Qaeda linked group that directs operations against US
and coalition forces in Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan.
be done to battle terrorism, he said Cameron risked undermining the vital
partnership between Pakistani and British intelligence.
he said, noting that Pakistani intelligence worked closely with British
counterparts to investigate the 2005 London suicide bombings that killed 52
commuters in London and to thwart several planned attacks, including the 2006
trans-Atlantic airliner plot.
British forces within its own borders, often resulting in the deaths of
India and Pakistan to come together rather than using a divisive statement like
this to ingratiate himself with India.”
coalition government was behind Cameron’s remarks: “The prime minister speaks
the truth and we are all united and clear about what he said.”
Daily Mirror found few people could even identify the prime minister.
confused him with America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan – and another with
BP’s disgraced chief executive Tony Hayward.