Invincible summer |||

His resilient career

In 2006 the Foreign Office quietly stopped using the phrase “War on Terror”. No one had the bad manners to challenge the Americans openly, but in an understated, well-bred sort of way we nudged diplomatic elbows to be sure everyone was paying attention. This is the way we Brits like to do things, you know. Diplomatic, eh? It did not stop new boy at the FO, David Miliband, from proclaiming a year ago of the invasion of Iraq, “No one is resiling from the original decision.”

Good word that, resile. Very popular with the Blair camp, apparently: a suggestion of gravity and rigorous thinking; and not too hard to spell.

Now we have resiled. The ‘war on terror’ was a mistake, Miliband says, and the west cannot “kill its way” out of the threats it faces.

Presumably the Bush Administration is too busy packing to stamp on us for this nifty piece of resiling. So no points for courage to Resilient Miliband. Nor will reversible raincoats be in fashion at tomorrow’s Inauguration Party.

Shame on you, Mr Miliband! This is the sort of thing that gives opportunism a bad name.

Up next War on Terror Everything comes to him who waits. In this case, the ethical foreign policy we voted for a decade ago. In an article in yesterday’s Guardian, Get your ticket
Latest posts The rest is silence Bergh Apton revisited What makes a language flourish? A duty of care Crispbread economics Learning vector programming The Underground The Post Office scandal A plea for simplicity BoJo the clown Days are of two kinds Trollope What we saw in Roswell The orkestra bows out Imagine Hampstead village and South End Green with no through traffic What makes this so dangerous Rural rides Crank it up Rediscovering our animal nature The high streets of Hampstead The beneficiaries of the status quo are in no rush to change Among the many things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future. Animal Farm: Special illustrated edition Nuclear-armed rogue states The Sixth Extinction Food of love War on Terror Terror is a tactic Global worming Art of the possible Liveable London