It’s over: MPs say the special relationship with US is dead

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.

Times Online

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One Response to It’s over: MPs say the special relationship with US is dead

  1. Forged is probably the right word! Churchill used the term “Special Relationship” as a cover for the disaster that the second world war had been for Britain. Bankrupt, in hoc to the Yanks to our eyeballs, and with empire slipping through our fingers Churchill sought to cover up the cracks on what had never actually been that strong a relationship. Most Britains had never really cared much for the Americans before the war and the subsequent actions – Suez especially – did little to make up the lack.

    I took a slightly different slant in my post at showing the relationships between Churchill and Roosevelt that help explain the idea. Please feel free to take a look.



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