I met him in 1998 in Chicago when he was plain Mr Obama. He wants to rule Russia, he wants to rule the Middle East, he wants to rule Europe, and now he wants to rule Britain. He just cannot keep his snout out of things which should not concern him. This man has enough to worry about--such as all the loonies shooting one another all around his country, and releasing a bunch of terrorists in exchange for a soldier who deserted and put others lives at risk--indeed, if the stories are true, his cowardice COST several good men their lives.
Butt out, Mr Obama. You may think you're God, but in reality you are doing more to help destroy society than you are helping it. If you're so keen on Scotland, how's about leaving the White House and buying yourself a cosy little farm in the Highlands? You could retire here with a few of your cronies--Bush and Blair would be good at herding sheep, and maybe you could hire a few feminists to wait on you hand and foot, and arrange a few of those gay weddings you pretend to approve of. You could sponge off the NHS. In your spare time, you could go out hunting haggis. Some of the politicians you support are so stupid, they probably think they exist. You might also get a little visit from Bowe Beefburgerdahl--though you would have to keep him in a cage to make sure he doesn't run away, and watch out for that man with the beard!
A meddlesome Obama should keep his nose out of our affairs
No one who has studied the history of Britain’s so-called special relationship with America will be surprised that the Obama administration is nervous about the idea that we might leave the European Union.
Yet it was outrageous for a White House official to warn this week that our membership of the EU was ‘in the American interest’ and that pulling out would be a mistake.
State Department official Philip Gordon may hold a post that is the equivalent to a junior under-secretary in our Foreign Office but he is the authentic voice of the Obama administration.
President Obama and David Cameron: Obama's unwelcome interference comes at a most sensitive time, considering that David Cameron is soon due to make a major speech on the subject
Ironically, those on the Left who normally revile America — for its interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, support of Israel and alleged mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay — are happy to use the U.S. official’s remarks as a stick with which to beat Mr Cameron.
For their part, it is easy to understand why the Americans are so worried about Britain’s relationship with the EU.
Even if the American's grasp the cultural, linguistic and historical differences that separate rather than unite Europe, what business is it of theirs?
Memorial: As we saw in the tragedy at Sandy Hook just before Christmas, when a deranged gunman murdered 20 children and some of their teachers, America is a nation with a vein of psychosis running very near its surface
Ever since the end of World War I, when President Woodrow Wilson attended the peace conference at Versailles in 1919, American foreign policy has been consistent. It has wanted to reduce European power and fill the vacuum with its own.
As a result, it has always cultivated officials to interfere in European affairs. The meddlesome Mr Gordon is just the latest.
America is well-versed at patronising and bullying Third World countries, but the consequences of behaving in a similar way towards Britain — a country where a substantial, and growing, number of people are fed up with membership of the EU — are very different.
Outrageous: The arrogance and insensitivity of White House panjandrum Philip Gordon beggar belief
The present discontent among many Britons about Europe is not, as is so often caricatured, a question of our ‘sleepwalking towards the exit’.
In fact, we are wide awake. After 40 years of a European project that has meant the loss of sovereignty, and economic turmoil, many of us have decided enough is enough.
If we choose to leave — and I for one hope we do — it will not be on a whim, but after a long period of rational reflection and deep consideration.
A key factor is likely to be the inevitability of Europe becoming more of a superstate as the only way to save the troubled single currency.
This will remove what remains of individual nations’ control of their own economic fate.
Unless we wish to join the single currency, the alternative is to make sure we remain outside the main body of the EU. But even this semi-detached position would still mean Britain was subject to its increasingly anti-democratic policies.
The best course for the British national interest would be to get out altogether. But I fear that the Americans do not understand the sense of these arguments. Even if they grasp the cultural, linguistic and historical differences that separate rather than unite Europe, what business is it of theirs?
The arrogance and insensitivity of White House panjandrum Philip Gordon beggar belief. It is almost as if he, and others in the Obama administration, regard Britain as a colony which must defer to the demands of the imperial power.
However, we are not the Puerto Rico of the North Atlantic. And America should get its own house in order before lecturing the rest of us.
It should not surprise the Obama administration, that British politicians, too, are keen to act in their own country's national interest
Its economy is limping and threatens to get worse because of Obama’s chronic inability to stop spending money his country doesn’t have.
Also, America is a society riddled with inequalities far worse than any seen in Europe, and with communities deeply divided by race as well as by income.
And, as we saw in the tragedy at Sandy Hook just before Christmas, when a deranged gunman murdered 20 children and some of their teachers, it is a nation with a vein of psychosis running very near its surface.
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As for Mr Gordon’s specific comments about the possibility of Britain holding a referendum on our future membership of the EU, he reveals America’s own myopia.
He said: ‘Referendums have often turned countries inwards.’
Such a remark is pretty rich coming from an American whose country is one of the most parochial societies in the world. What’s good for the U.S. should be good for Britain.
Mr Gordon and his Washington buddies must accept that we, too, should be able to decide what our national interest is — whether America likes it or not.
Labour need big brother
The more perceptive Labour MPs realise two political facts: that their party is on course for a general election victory that will owe nothing to Ed Miliband and everything to Messrs Cameron and Clegg; and that their front bench is seriously underpowered.
Hence all the talk — wishful or informed, one cannot be sure — about David Miliband returning to front-line politics.
His party could do with his experience — particularly of the private sector, where he has trousered large sums of money for himself over recent months.
If there is a Labour Shadow Cabinet reshuffle this summer, though, the Tories must be hoping that the economically illiterate Ed Balls remains as Shadow Chancellor.
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