January 26, 2006
THE NEXT GENERATION:
American hero tips Cameron: The favourite to succeed President Bush lavishes praise on Tony Blair but, he tells our correspondents, the tide could be turning in favour of David Cameron (Tom Baldwin and Tim Reid, 1/27/06, Times of London)
THE front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination pays tribute today to David Cameron and what he calls the “new generation of leadership in the Conservative Party”.
In an interview with The Times, Senator John McCain says that he has been impressed by the “young men” from the Tory leader’s team whom he met on a recent trip to London, where they set out “a very enthusiastic and clear vision of the obstacles they have to overcome to get a new Conservative majority”. [...]
He has made regular visits to Britain, where he has previously met Mr Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as more recently George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor and Mr Cameron’s closest political ally.
Asked who he would prefer to deal with as prime minister, Mr Brown or Mr Cameron, the senator pointedly fails to mention the Chancellor and even momentarily forgets that the Tory leader has not yet won the election.
He says: “It’s hard for me to make a judgment [because] events determine relationships. From what I know of, and have seen of, Prime Minister Cameron, I mean Mr Cameron, I’m sure he and I are more philosophically aligned about the role of government because I’m more conservative myself. But the good news is that I cannot imagine a government in power in England which does not preserve the unique relationship with the US. I think that will last a long long time.”
May as well get to know each other well since they'll be summitting in a few years.... Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 11:11 PM