There is a refreshing tone to a foreign policy debate that engages with some of the major risks facing the United Kingdom. Cameron has identified one of the chief difficulties of dealing with Pakistan: its hypocritical nature in harbouring and fostering terrorist acts by proxy whilst taking aid from the West as a supposed ally.
The Guardian accuses Cameron of initiating a diplomatic row. Given the time and place, a speech in India, this has been chosen as a sop to the horse that the Coalition government wishes to back.
Whilst we have a change in rhetorical style distancing the Tories from the slavishness of Blair and the buffoonery of Brown, Cameron takes substantial steps on the ground to align himself more closely with US strategy. Especially with the shared manifest destiny of India. Instead of supporting the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Cameron has acceded to US design and allowed the export of nuclear technology.
Holding no torch for international treaties of dubious utility, I do not fault the government for expanding trade. But in strategic terms and the rivalry between two demographic superpowers, is it wise to choose a horse and trumpet a 'special relationship' where none exists Our relationship with India should be based upon a trading partnership of mutual benefit - all other aspects draw us into a sphere of conflict where Afghanistan has taught so well.
Better to seek improved relationships with all coming powers rather than single out supposed friends where there are none.