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
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
His unwelcome interference in this country’s internal affairs comes at a most sensitive time, considering that David Cameron is soon due to make a major speech on the subject — and is expected to say whether we are to be offered the in/out referendum that the majority of voters want.
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?
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
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
They find it hard to comprehend that Europe is not a single political entity (like the United States of America itself) rather than a collection of independent countries.
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
Outrageous: The arrogance and insensitivity of White House panjandrum Philip Gordon beggar belief
It is common to hear American politicians boast how every decision they take is in the American national interest. It should not surprise them, therefore, that British politicians, too, are keen to act in their own country’s national interest.
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
It should not surprise the Obama administration, that British politicians, too, are keen to act in their own country's national interest
For Washington’s foreign policy disasters in the past decade have made America almost universally loathed and somewhat reduced its credibility in matters of international diplomacy.
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.
The example it sets to the world is not enviable.
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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I agree! The UK's membership in the EU is none of our business and our left-wing excuse for a President should butt out. One small quibble though, Puerto Rico is a US Territory not a colony. It can leave the US anytime a majority of its voters decides to do so which is something that the States can not do. It is no more of a colony than Yukon is a colony of Canada.

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Britons overwhelmingly rooted for the US to elect and re-elect Obama; stop complaining!


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Good article, agree with you. Mr. Cameron needs to listen to this country's voters, first and foremost, in a referendum.

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The American administration does not understand the relationship we have with them, let alone the one we have with Europe. Anyway, Don't be fooled. It matters not a jot whether we are in or out of Europe, Business and Trade does not depend on politics. As a retired businessman with years of experience in this field I can tell you that the European Union is based ' Entirely 'upon Political Objective' certainly nothing to do with trade. People will buy products based on quality, price, and availability. No other reason. We Brits are good marketeers when government doesn't interfere so ' My View ' Out, and keep out ' Lose no sleep on trade issues, Unless of course protectionism creeps in. Generally when governments do interfere you have a strong element of corruption involved, so keep them out The only question on Europe is. " Do we want to have a centrally controlled mish mash of nation states headed up by Germany. I thought we already had that discussion, Twice in fact as I recall.

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The writer assumes that Americans see the EU similar to the United States. In fact, most Americans do not, instead still seeing it as an economic union similar to the North American Free Trade treaty. Obama is sending this message no doubt because it would be bad for banker friends of his (and he has a LOT) who would lose if the EURO downgraded further, which would be bound to happen if the UK pulled out. It's your country and your sovereignty. We should stay out of it. Choose what you will.

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Well you folks wanted him as our president, as did most of Europe--this is what you got. Now you are surprised that he is what many in the US have always known him to be? I guess you finally realized what he really is, because he did something that affected YOU directly. Before that, many of you cared less that his policies are ruining the US,maybe to the extent we will never recover.You just loved the ''cool'' black president! Now you know him for the arrogant lying dictator that we have to deal with 24/7. Better late than never, I guess.

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While there are numerous reasons our president should mind his own business in this case the biggest reason the UK should ignore him is that he is profoundly stupid as are the bulk of his appointments. We are in a very dark period of our history. Let's hope we survive.

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