August 16, 2006

SO THE DEMOCRATS HAVE GOTTEN TO THE LEFT OF THE BRITS?:

Ditch US in terror war, say 80pc of Britons (Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent and Philip Johnston, 17/08/2006, Daily Telegraph)

A majority of British people wants the Government to adopt an even more "aggressive" foreign policy to combat international terrorism, according to an opinion poll conducted after the arrests of 24 terrorism suspects last week. [...]

A majority also wants tougher domestic legislation that would allow police more time to detain suspects while they investigate complex terrorism plots.

Some 69 per cent said that the police should be able to hold suspects for up to 90 days without charge, rather than be bound by the current 28-day limit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 16, 2006 10:04 PM
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Contrasting the following two paragraphs goes to show how sometimes disaffection with America is rooted in the "idiot cowboy" stereotype of certain Republican presidents, not in any substantial difference of opinion:

When asked whether Britain should change its foreign policy in response to terrorism only 12 per cent said it should be more conciliatory, compared with 53 per cent who thought it should become more "aggressive" and 24 per who wanted no change. [...]

While there was strong support for a hard line on terrorism at home, the survey exposed deep-seated distrust of the foreign policies championed by Mr Bush since September 11, 2001. Only 14 per cent believed Britain should continue to align itself with America.

It would be very enlightening to ask the more tough-minded Brits what precisely they would do differently than President Bush.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 17, 2006 12:02 AM

"Only 14 per cent believed Britain should continue to align itself with America."

This does not correspond with a more aggresive policy. How can the UK (or anyone) function without the support and assistance of the US?

Posted by: Bob at August 17, 2006 11:59 AM
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