When he became prime minister the one thing Gordon Brown had going for him was that he was not Tony Blair. His supporters told us that he would not stand “shoulder to shoulder” with George Bush in any future wars.
Yet as Bush arrived in Downing Street last week the sound of backslapping could be heard miles away. Brown broke with his European partners to support Bush’s demand for harsher European Union sanctions against Iran, and pledged support for “any necessary action” to stop Iran’s nuclear programme.
Brown also promised the US president more British troops for Afghanistan.
At the end of the president’s visit one thing became clear – Bush is not gently fading out of office. His trip was carefully designed to drum up support for yet more military intervention.
And, it seems, Brown is more than willing to continue the tradition of playing lapdog.