Pure Denis

*Please feel sorry for these men

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Now that our MPs have signed away our rights via the Lisbon Treaty/Constitution they have very little to do as Westminster is subservient to Brussels: alas few of our MPs seem to have grasped this. No longer needed to run our affairs they use the free time to demonstrate their grasp of world events, or not as the case may be. So Denis MacShane has written in the Telegraph on the subject of Georgia and it is pure Denis, see HERE. MacShane sets off with a reference to events of 40 years ago -

Czechoslovakia was once described by a Conservative prime minister as "a faraway country of which we know nothing".

Note how the Prime Minister does not have a name and wonder how candid today's PM would be if asked a searching question about Georgia. For MacShane is confusing his readers with his quotes and may himself be confused. The quote about the faraway country was by Neville Chamberlain in 1938 (and is misquoted) and 40 years ago, 1968, Alexander Dubček was the leader of Czechoslovakia when the Russian tanks rolled across the border to end the period known as the Prague Spring. And to think this man MacShane used to be Europe Minister under Tony Blair, anyway MacShane goes on -

Two months ago, I asked Russia's EU ambassador who was in charge of Russia's foreign and defence policy. After a moment's hesitation, he replied: "The constitutional position is clear. It is the president of Russia." One can only feel sorry for the hapless Dimitri Medvedev,

Full credit to MacShane for feeling sorry for Medvedev so does he feel sorry for David Miliband who despite being the UK Foreign Secretary, for the moment, can do little more than twiddle his thumbs while the EU speaks on our behalf? No, MacShane is fulsome in his praise of Miliband -
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Britain's Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has been commendably firm in the Commons on Russia, showing a steel hand behind his smile.

Obviously MacShane is looking to the future, his future. But talking up Miliband is both funny and pathetic. Bunching behind Miliband will not save Nulabour, MacShane or any of the other Nulabour backbenchers seeing only a bleak future ahead for themselves and Georgia alike. The steel hand of which MacShane writes has wobbled before so is perhaps incapable of doing the deed and stabbing Gordon Brown and leading Nulabour to pastures new. Nulabour and MacShane would do well to make a fuller study of the Caucasus as their politicians do seem less squeamish than ours at Westminster, if that's' what it takes etc. As for the smile on Miliband's face well, could this be a sheepish grin? For if he is as clever as we are so often reminded then he will know that he might as well continue to build sandcastles on the beach with his children rather than break the holiday early and rush back to the office. This because there is nothing he, as Foreign Secretary, can do. Miliband's supporters like MacShane, will, given half a chance, trot out the name 'Brains' given to Miliband by Alistair Campbell. I sometimes think Campbell was taking the piss.

Much as we might have expected the answer, according to MacShane, to the Georgian problem is more EU. He says -

The idea of a common foreign policy and the means to implement it in the Lisbon Treaty are anathema to Eurosceptics; but a disunited EU will be easy meat for Russia and leave America without a partner of weight to face down Russian bullying.
This is tosh, MacShane mentions Germany and her energy supplies in his article so the idea that the EU is united is false so long as Russia has Germany over a barrel. And countries forming the border with Russia will have a different attitude to those, like Germany, who are doing very nicely out of the Russian energy supplied but too far away to be bombed, not much unity there. Also, perhaps the EU idea-cum-fantasy of hoovering up every country possible into a grand alliance is not so smart after all. We should also question the idea of a joint EU-American action to 'face down' Russian bullying. It is true that the Americans are strategically linked to the EU in this region's affairs but by virtue of proximity the EU will disproportionately gain economically. Mr Mikheil Saakashvili was seeking more than just a fleet of posh Mercedes cars for himself and his ministers; did we fall into a trap here? So Saakashvili, brave man or silly-billy? And is it ours, the EU's to decide?

* I invite you to fell sorry for these men, Denis MacShane, Dimitri Medvedev and David Miliband each in their own way unaware overlooked and irrelevant, it must be awful.