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Brown's hypocrisy

Not for the first time, the Lord Protector is not very good at matching action to rhetoric. Spotting an opportunity for a bit of grandstanding, he is now talking a good talk about Burma / Myanmar:

"The Prime Minister has called on the international community to take a tougher stance with Burma as pro-democracy demonstrations in the country intensify".

However, we still have an embassy in Rangoon, and British companies still trade with Burma. Still, care of the EU, there appears to be no legal arms trade with Burma, so I imagine that is supposed to make it all right.

There may well be good reasons for maintaining diplomatic links, and there are plenty of other vile regimes we do business with, but all that this outbreak of cant amounts to is 'If everyone else agrees, we'll help out. Maybe'.

Meanwhile, they are doing things differently on the other side of the Atlantic:

"President Bush announced today that the United States was taking a series of steps to tighten economic sanctions on Myanmar’s leaders and their backers and would impose a visa ban on the leaders and their families..."The country’s rulers have been coming under increasing pressure from the United States, which has imposed sanctions on Myanmar for years, including a ban on all Burmese products".

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Blogger Praguetory said... 3:07 pm

Derek Simpson has just said that globalisation isn't natural. Rofl.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:12 pm

Even if it is an unnatural act, I'm all for it.  



Anonymous Letters From A Tory said... 7:30 am

Labour's whole foreign policy is arrogant and inconsistent, which doesn't bode well.

http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com/2007/09/26/the-sheer-nerve/  



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