Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Sun Asks, "Where's Gord?"

The Sun has this lead article today about David Cameron's visit to Georgia.


When David Cameron arrives in Georgia today he will be the first major British politician to visit the small, democratic country being systematically trashed by the mighty Russian bear.

Some will accuse him of being an opportunist. After all, what can he do to help solve the conflict? How many battalions does he command?


But at least the Tory leader is taking a strong stand against increasing Russian belligerence.


And this was made all the more urgent by last night’s chilling warning from a senior Russian general that Poland — a member of Nato — has become a nuclear target since daring to allow America to build an anti-missile system on its land.


This escalation in tension only makes the question more urgent: Where on earth are Gordon Brown and his Foreign Secretary David Miliband?


It was only AFTER the Tory leader had been on the airwaves on Monday that Mr Brown issued a brief statement.


And again on Tuesday the Prime Minister recorded a brief TV clip AFTER David Cameron had already spoken out at a televised press conference. That was almost FIVE DAYS after the conflict had begun.


The Government has been made to look weak. Not because of anything David Cameron has done, but because of what Downing Street HASN’T done.


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It is reasonable to ask where our Prime Minister is . . .


As French President Nicolas Sarkozy flits between Moscow and the Georgian capital Tbilisi, hammering out a peace deal.


As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the two warring countries.


As American Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice races between European capitals and the region trying to rein in the out-of-control Russians.


As President Bush orders humanitarian supplies into beleaguered Georgia and makes daily statements from the White House Rose Garden.


We cannot imagine Tony Blair taking such a low key role if the old Cold War had threatened to rise from the grave during his watch.


He would have been the FIRST to rally our allies, the FIRST to order in aid, the FIRST to speak out against Russian aggression.


Gordon Brown has a reputation for dithering. He has added to it this week. And by doing so he has made David Cameron look like a credible leader.


It is time Mr Brown shook his reputed “clunking fist” in Russia’s face as it threatens the world’s peaceful and prosperous future.