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Dolan’s Digest: Cameron, Trump and the crumbling Special Relationship


WE ARE in a pivotal election year on both sides of the Atlantic. A year that looks increasingly likely to see Sir Keir Starmer in Downing Street and Donald Trump back in the White House, yet at a time when it should be important to strengthen the relationship between two great nations, we are seeing it crumble before our very eyes.

Recently, the unelected and widely unsupported Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron began a tour of the United States to discuss foreign policy matters with, among others, current and former Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Cameron appeared to be on a crusade to revive falling support for the war in Ukraine at the bidding of President Zelensky and the political establishment that looks set on funding it indefinitely.

Watching an unelected failed Prime Minister conduct diplomacy on behalf of another nation is emblematic of the level that the world now views the UK and does nothing for the special relationship that is apparently so crucial. The UK is no longer a nation state with power on the global stage and has been unceremoniously relegated to the whipping boy of the West.

The choreographed trip to the United States did not go to plan for Lord Cameron, who is becoming increasingly prominent on the world stage with the potentially even more unpopular Rishi Sunak fading into the background ahead of a general election.

Cameron’s major coup was to secure a meeting with Donald Trump, despite having previously labelled the former President as ‘protectionist, xenophobic and misogynistic’. Cameron went cap in hand to Mar-A-Lago in what overwhelmingly demonstrates the influence Trump has over the Republican party but also the importance the Foreign Secretary and UK government are placing on repairing relations with him.

However, potentially more enlightening was the meetings that did not happen in Washington and beyond. Cameron was hoping to meet the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, to push for further funding for Ukraine, but Johnson was not able to fit Cameron into his diary commitments. This wasn’t the only snub to Cameron in the States: it has been reported that Jake Sullivan, Biden’s National Security Adviser, also failed to meet the former Prime Minister.

To step back and look at the United Kingdom’s place on the international stage lays bare the reality of where Sunak’s government finds itself. Doing the bidding of Ukraine and begging the US to continue to fund a never-ending and corrupt war are not just the actions of a deeply failing and unserious government but also one that is on its last legs.

The widening gap between the US and the UK has never been more apparent. When Trump returns to the White House, Parliament may rue their opposition to his visiting the UK and the relentless allegations they made against him. 

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Simon Dolan
Simon Dolan
Simon Dolan is a British Entrepreneur.

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