While Blair championed a Gladstonian moralistic approach, Mr Brown prefers the more cautious Palmerstonian attitude. When he returned from China recently, he commented on how impressed he had been by President Hu Jintao's commitment to local democracy.Tell that to the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet!!! What an astonishing thing for Brown to say. And wasn't Palmerston the architect of 'gunboat diplomacy'? I'd hardly describe that as cautious.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Brown Praises Chinese Premier's "Commitment to Local Democracy"
Rachel Sylvester has an excellent article in the Telegraph today contrasting the differences in approach to foreign policy of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In essence, she labels Blair a crusader and Brown a plodding pragmatist. Towards the end of the piece she comes out with this corker...