I en ny biografi av Sir Anthony Seldon avsløres det pikante detaljer bak kulissene i David Camerons regjering. Den tidligere sjefen for Storbritannias militære styrker, general Sir David Richards, skal ha sagt at statsministeren var mer interessert i en «Notting Hill liberal agenda» enn å utvise seriøs statsmannskraft. Han fikk støtte av Storbritannias spionsjef som skal ha levert et overraskende personlig angrep i en bitter konfrontasjon over Libya.
General Richards uttaler til forfatteren: ‘If they had the balls they would have gone through with it… if they’d done what I’d argued, they wouldn’t be where they are with ISIS. In Ukraine, as in Syria and Libya, there is a clear lack of strategy and statecraft. The problem is the inability to think things through. Too often it seems to be more about the Notting Hill liberal agenda rather than statecraft.’
Avsløringene i den nye boken, «Cameron at 10» skal være basert på nær tilgang på Cameron, George Osborne, andre ministre, diplomater og offentlige tjenestemenn i Downing Street. Noen smakebiter fra boken:
- The Prime Minister was in a bitter feud with Sir David over how to deal with ISIS and over his ‘half-baked’ campaign to oust Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi.
- The general was echoed by the then head of MI6 John Sawers who told a shocked Cameron to his face that his plan to attack Libya was not in the ‘national interest’ but was purely for ‘humanitarian reasons’.
- Barack Obama repeatedly refused to take Cameron’s calls, leading to a rift between the PM and the President. Cameron regards him as ‘too rational and considered’ and Obama is cruelly nicknamed ‘Spock’ by the Foreign Office.
Dagens forsiktige koseliberale politikere skaper frustrasjon hos de som skal forsvare landet.