It’s Over: MPs Say the Special Relationship with US is Dead

From the Times Online:

Britain’s special relationship with the US — forged by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in the second world war — no longer exists, says a committee of influential MPs.

Instead, America’s relationship with Britain is no more special than with its other main allies, according to a report by the Commons foreign affairs committee published today.

The report also warns that the perception of the UK after the Iraq war as America’s “subservient poodle” has been highly damaging to Britain’s reputation and interests around the world. The MPs conclude that British prime ministers have to learn to be less deferential to US presidents and be “willing to say no” to America.

The report, entitled Global Security: UK-US Relations, says Britain’s relationship with America is “extremely close and valuable” in a number of areas, particularly intelligence co-operation. However, it adds that the use of the phrase special relationship, in its historical sense, “is potentially misleading and we recommend that its use should be avoided”.

[Read more at the Times Online]

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3 Responses to It’s Over: MPs Say the Special Relationship with US is Dead

  1. Word Eater March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    It's about damn time Britain grew a pair.

    Good on you!

  2. Hadrian999 March 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    all these so called “special relationships” need to go.
    america will be much better off when it stops acting like the king of all other “lesser nations”

  3. Hadrian999 March 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    all these so called “special relationships” need to go.
    america will be much better off when it stops acting like the king of all other “lesser nations”

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