February 28, 2013

UK to America: Butt Out

Lionel Shriver, Standpoint

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Say an Obama State of the Union address is expected to question American trade relationships. Imagine, then, David Cameron placing a stern call to the president beforehand, insisting the UK "values a strong US in a strong Nafta". This on the heels of a British minister having asserted paternalistically that America must remain in Nafta and must prevent American voters from having a choice in the matter if only because this policy course is "in the British interest". Now, there's no point being naive about asymmetrical power dynamics, so the prospect of any UK politician bullying an American president to pursue a particular domestic agenda solely in concern for "the British interest" is clearly farcical. Nevertheless, the Obama administration's pouring cold water on Cameron's plans for...

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