David Cameron synes å være opptatt av å bli likt av vertskapet. Han mener Kashmir-konflikten ble skapt av kolonimakten Storbritannia, i likhet med mange andre verden sliter med.
Denne selvpiskingen falt i god jord i Pakistan, men ikke hjemme i Storbritannia, hvor man er lei av å høre at Storbritannia påtar seg skylden for dagens problemer.
He insisted that it was not his place to intervene in the dispute, saying: “I don’t want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world’s problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place.”
His remarks about Kashmir were greeted warmly by the audience of Pakistani students and academics, but drew accusations from historians that the Prime Minister was wrongly apologising for Britain’s past.
Daisy Cooper, the director of the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, said: “This is typical of the UK’s schizophrenic relationship with former colonies where it is both proud and embarrassed about its past. The Coalition has said that it has big ambitions for a modern Commonwealth and the UK should stop being embarrassed about its colonial past and they should work with other countries to help improve their human rights.”
Cameron synes å være too eager to please, uansett hvor han kommer. Han sier det vertskapet gjerne vil høre, kommenterer en historiker.
Det ironiske er at Cameron beunderer arkitektene bak symbolet på britisk imperialisme, den såkalte gunboat diplomacy.
Mr Cameron’s remark is striking because he has previously spoken of his pride in Britain’s past and named Viscount Palmerston as one of his historical inspirations.
As foreign secretary and later prime minister in the mid-19th century, Palmerston was popular for his brazenly interventionist foreign policy, an approach that later became known as “gunboat diplomacy”.
Mr Cameron was in Pakistan to make amends for any offence he caused last year by accusing the country of “exporting” terrorism.
David Cameron: Britain caused many of the world’s problems
Britain is responsible for many of the world’s historic problems, including the conflict in Kashmir between India and Pakistan, David Cameron has said.