This week the British government hosted two major international conferences; one focusing on Yemen, the other Afghanistan. That both nations have problems worth discussing goes without saying. But why did these talks take place in London?
One would assume that the British public or at the very least, British industry had something to gain from such hospitality. A lucrative mining contract to exploit Afghanistan’s copper deposits perhaps? No wait – China already grabbed that deal. A reduction in the immediate threat to our shores? Given that the UK terror threat was raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ ahead of the summits, the answer to that would have to be a resounding no. It seems to me that the only people who saw an advantage in inviting the world to London this week were Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other political elites who insist on maintaining the pretence that Britain is a superpower. Continue reading ‘Afghanistan and Yemen Take Centre Stage: What about Northern Ireland?’