The news that Angela Merkel has rejected David Cameron’s latest salvo in Britain’s battle to stop Jean-Claude Juncker taking over the European Commission’s next presidency is far more serious than meets the eye.
The German Chancellor dismissed an article written by the PM for newspapers across Europe that argued against Mr Juncker’s candidacy.
A spokesman for Mrs Merkel said: ‘The British government knows the position of the Federal Chancellor who has stated this very clearly: Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next president.’
What a slap in the face coming from the most powerful political leader in Europe to our prime minister, who should have known better than to infuriate the only nation within the EU from which he can seek backing for a reasonable accommodation in his fight to get some concessions for Britain for staying in Europe.
We seem to have lost whatever influence we might have had with this latest snub from Mrs Merkel. Even Barack Obama, an ineffectual US president, now considers France as a traditional ally of the United States, thus repudiating the concept of a special relationship with Britain which I always considered was invented by the Tories after the Second World War, when the British Empire was disintegrating.
I strongly believe that our future is in Europe and we must not depend on the United States for their unequivocal support.
US capitalism has always been geared for the exclusive benefit of its own people and their foreign policy fluctuates with expediency rather than consistency or allegiance. Not that I blame them. As necessity knows no law the same applies to politics. We in Britain should do the same and wake up to the fact that unless we regain our political clout through the art of diplomacy we are bound to be the losers.
With Scotland seeking independence from Britain, we have more fish to fry at the moment. The future is uncertain and our overheads as a nation show no sign of retraction. We must manage our affairs according to our financial capabilities and stop squandering money to unworthy causes.
The world is in great turmoil and we must always be prepared for the unforeseen. We have a duty and commitment to the next generation and that should be our most cherished goal.
Britain once ruled the waves. That’s unlikely to happen again, but what we can do is lead by example through our wealth of ideas, our culture and technology, and make the world a better place to live in.
Hence our greatness would be redeemed.