British prime minister David Cameron made his case for airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State in Syria on Thursday. He called the Islamist group a “serious and undeniable” threat and argued that the United Kingdom cannot “outsource” its security to allies.
American and French warplanes are already striking Islamic State targets in Syria. Britain only bombs in Iraq at the invitation of the government in Baghdad.
Cameron has urged more expansive British action against the group, which controls territory in both Middle Eastern countries, for months.
But he did not immediately call for a vote in the House of Commons, saying he wanted to be assured of a “clear majority” in advance. Another defeat, he said, would be a “publicity coup” for the Islamic State. Read more “Britain Cannot “Outsource” War: Cameron”
The victory of Poland’s conservatives in an election on Sunday should help British prime minister David Cameron as he seeks to redefine his island nation’s EU membership.
The Law and Justice party that unseated the liberal Civic Platform groups with Cameron’s Conservative Party in the European Parliament and is generally more Euroskeptic. It won an overall majority on Sunday, the first time since Poland emerged from communism that a party will be able to govern without coalition partners.
Cameron, who gave his party its first overall majority in twenty years in an election in May, seeks a looser relationship with Brussels to convince Britons to vote in favor of continued European Union membership in a referendum due by 2017.
British prime minister David Cameron’s pitch for stability on Wednesday did not impress everyone.
The Guardian‘s Michael White, for one, found the Conservative Party leader’s annual conference speech wanting. The promise of more of the same “is pretty flimsy stuff,” he writes.
White believes that Cameron’s record pales in comparison to Margaret Thatcher’s, the Conservative prime minister who thoroughly liberalized Britain’s economy in the 1980s and decidedly shifted the center ground in British politics to the right. “The Tories’ current crop of leaders looks feeble by comparison.”
When British prime minister David Cameron was reelected in May, this website urged liberals to rejoice. His centrist platform, we argued, would do more to advance the liberal cause than either Labour or the Liberal Democrats.
The Conservative Party leader’s conference speech on Wednesday vindicated that view.
The prime minister spoke with pride about how “social justice, equality for gay people, tackling climate change and helping the world’s poorest” are now “at the center of the Conservative Party’s mission.” He said he was frustrated that “people with white-sounding names are nearly twice as likely to get call backs for jobs than people with ethnic-sounding names” — and this comment was met with a standing ovation from a conference that had earlier listened to Home Secretary Theresa May bemoaning high levels of immigration.
There is a reactionary minority in the Conservative Party that still mistrusts Cameron’s “modernizing” effort. But his unexpected triumph in May has silenced the critics (for now) and showed that a liberal agenda, tempered by a dose of English patriotism and a bit of old-fashioned Tory paternalism, can be a winning strategy. Read more “Britain’s Cameron Shows Liberal Side at Conference”
British prime minister David Cameron’s surprise victory in May’s general election has made it more likely that his like-minded chancellor and deputy, George Osborne, will succeed him as Conservative Party leader before the next election, due in 2020.
While some in his Conservative Party may relish the prospect of an early referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, Prime Minister David Cameron should postpone it for as long as he can, argues Janan Ganesh.
The Financial Times columnist cautions Cameron and his team against seeing the referendum as a “chore to get out of the way, as if the following morning will bring new vigor and a world of possibilities.” They overestimate the loyalty of Conservatives, he believes, who — whatever the outcome of the referendum — will start preparing for the post-Cameron era the day after the vote. Read more “Cameron Advised Not to Call EU Referendum Next Year”
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday he wants Britain to do more to help defeat the self-declared Islamic State in Syria as part of what he described as a “full-spectrum response” to the radical Islamist group.
“We have to destroy this caliphate, whether it is in Iraq or in Syria,” Cameron told the American news program Meet the Press. “That is a key part of defeating this terrorist scourge that we face.”
Although British jets have been striking Islamic State targets in Iraq with the permission of the central government there, the United Kingdom shied away from carrying out attacks in Syria in 2013 when the opposition Labour Party demanded a United Nations Security Council resolution before authorizing military intervention.
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper claimed to have obtained a list of Prime Minister David Cameron’s European Union reform priorities on Friday.
Cameron made his proposals for reform to other leaders in Brussels on Thursday and hopes to secure ample changes in Britain’s relations with the rest of the European Union to win a referendum on membership before 2017.
Among the most contentious issues he raised, according to The Guardian, was a four-year ban on European work migrants claiming benefits in other member states.
Germany, Europe’s most powerful country, has cautioned that such restrictions must not impede on the free movement of people across Europe — one of the union’s core principles.