Well done David Cameron for sticking it to Putin and the defeatist Ukip moaners who hate modern Britain – Telegraph Blogs

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This interesting article by Iain Martin in the Telegraph is a GOOD READ. Check it out!

via Well done David Cameron for sticking it to Putin and the defeatist Ukip moaners who hate modern Britain – Telegraph Blogs.

No doubt, President Putin will be briefed on this article and it is interesting to speculate on his thoughts.

Putin is interested in maximizing Russia’s geopolitical clout, and preserving his good name with the Russian people. He will be grateful that David Cameron did not attack modern Russia; he will be aware that David Cameron has dropped a few major clangers in his foreign dealings. To a hard-nosed, ex-KGB officer, President Putin will probably see David Cameron’s nostalgic, historical reflections of the UK as a sign of weakness.

As for David Cameron, he has done well not to upset anybody too much. Given the global media coverage of the G20, David Cameron was shrewdly trying to project the UK at above it’s fighting weight to the global audience; the G20 leadership know the realities of the UK’s difficulties.

So what next?

At the strategic level, David Cameron would be wise to build on the UK’s strengths and ruthlessly tackle the UK’s weaknesses. So far, David Cameron’s government has been essentially opportunistic and driven by Treasury constraints and inherently light on strategy.

With nobody able to understand Ed Miliband nor trusting him for stitching-up his own brother, David Cameron can perhaps still emerge as a formidable politician with a place in history?

Any thoughts?

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  3. David Cameron has the job of standing up for Britain so one would not expect him to say anything else.
    His list of things that we have given the world was accurate enough but it really isn’t the point.
    What matters as the Americans say is what you have done recently and your potential to do so tomorrow,the next day and the next and then the months and years into the future.
    The City of London is now the 2nd Global financial centre having been overtaken by New York in 2012 and by 2016 it will be 4th behind Hong Kong and Singapore.
    There is however a strong element of truth in what Putin or his apparachik is supposed to have said.
    Power,other than that which emanates from the Queen and her Governors Generals is slipping away to the BRICS and our military is a cipher unable on its own to project power or compel anyone to do anything.
    We have influence in a number of countries which we still secretly control through the device of having puppets in charge but their number is shrinking by the decade as their subject peoples demand change and new leaders answerable to them rather than to the UK Government.
    Certainly if we cannot afford a coastal protection vessel,aircraft carriers with their own aircraft or enough body armour for our troops we are in no position to throw our weight around as we once could.
    We are dependant on imports to meet food demand and only have 4% spare generating capacity so until that changes we are strategically vulnerable to blackmail by militant trades unionists ,those countries we rely on for energy and hostile foreign powers of the future.
    Longer term we are in trouble because our education system is 44th in the world and we are failing to turn out enough engineers,scientists and wealth creators.
    Since 1982 we have stopped bothering to keep figures on our balance of payments b ecause on the official figures we are not paying our way and must in reality be relying from other income from undisclosed sources.
    One does not have to be a Ukipper to say these things and want passionately to change them for the better but one does have to be a realist with vision and the desire to help make it happen.

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