Bro Summit? There wouldn't be one for Ed Milband

If Labour win the election, the world’s media will be itching to snap a bacon sandwich moment of Ed Miliband next to the President of the United States, doing considerable damage to our reputation. Ed just isn't prime ministerial material, and we all know it

A special relationship: how different it would look with geeky Ed
Steven George-Hilley
On 18 January 2015 17:13

The news that US President Barack Obama refers to Prime Minister David Cameron privately as his ‘bro’ is a reminder of how important the special relationship is for our national interest.

Indeed, One of David Cameron’s biggest assets is that he looks and sounds like a Prime Minister with purpose on the world stage. Despite dealing with the deficit, wrestling with challenges inside his own party and standing up to global terrorists, he’s still as clean cut and sharp as he was when was elected into office.

Contrast Cameron’s fresh-faced and optimistic approach to championing Great Britain with Gordon Brown’s sleep-deprived and at times dishevelled appearance. Then imagine how much worse it would be if the slightly weird and socially awkward Ed Miliband was put in charge of representing the UK.

The truth is that Ed Miliband simply isn’t prime ministerial material. His party knows it and judging by the opinion polls the vast majority of the public do too. Let’s be honest, if Ed was Prime Minister, Britain would become a laughing stock in the international arena.

The world’s media will be itching to snap a bacon sandwich moment of Ed next to the President of the United States, doing considerable damage to our reputation. It’s not simply that Ed Miliband’s policies will destroy our country’s future, his bungling image will wreck our reputation.

Great Britain will become more like Little Britain and that’s not a risk people who love our country are willing to take.

Thankfully, with David Cameron in charge, it appears that the special relationship is not only alive and well, it’s the strongest it’s been for years. It is no surprise at all that President Barack Obama has given David Cameron and the Conservatives a pre-election endorsement and support for the party’s long-term economic plan.

“Great Britain and the US are two economies that are standing out at a time when a lot of other countries are having problems, so we must be doing something right,” said Obama.

After Ed Miliband sabotaged the Syria vote, for personal political gain, it is no wonder that relations between Labour and the President are still so frosty. Although one wonders why the £300,000 Obama strategist David Axelrod has done so little to help melt the ice, considering how close he still is to the President.

Current polling shows the Labour Party either level or within touching distance of the Conservatives. Previous contests should remind us that the incumbent party tends to make gains in the final weeks of the campaign, putting David Cameron on course for victory.

With this in mind, whether you are UKIP, Green or flirting with Labour, it’s time to recognise that Britain has strong leadership and a long-term economic plan under David Cameron.

Swap that for Ed Miliband and we’ll have a country without the special relationship, a car-crash economy and a lame duck Prime Minister.

Steven George-Hilley is a director at the Parliament Street think tank. He is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator @StevenGeorgia

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