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