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Cameron says UK still a world power

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Cameron and the Tories (like Merkel's party in Germany) have enacted long-overdue austerity measures which will show that, as was the case with Germany, this was undoubtedly the correct move. They will find conservatives in the US using their examples to force our increasingly isolated, impotent and erratic president to abandon his anti-American agenda and let the country return to the economic model that made it so great. In that respect the UK still retains some influence.

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The United Kingdom becoming smaller and smaller and much less significant year after year.

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“What I have seen in my first six months as prime minister is a Britain at the center of all the big discussions,” Cameron told the banquet. “So I reject the thesis of decline.”

Well where was Britain before PM Camera-on became prime minister? When you elect someone whose area of expertise is public relations, then you are going to get some great sounding talk, and he is great at making meaningless statements like that sound important. But unfortunately, the UK's problems are economic and legal, and he is clueless (or pretending to be) there. Dark Ages Economics 101 is only going to screw things up even worse, no matter how much "conservatives" think they want it.

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Dear Mr. Cameron:

There must be a misprint on your calendar - it is 2010, not 1910. Your country really doesn't matter anymore.

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“The faster we can get our domestic house in order, the more substantial and credible our international impact is going to be,” Cameron said, addressing an audience of financial sector executives.

I would say that cutting 500,000 jobs is getting nothing in order. All these politicians and business leaders are supposed to be intelligent people. You don`t need an ounce of intelligence to cut jobs. Find other ways, maybe then people will start to show you some respect and trust.

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Haha...comedy headline of the day.

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In fact, historical analysis shows that he Brits had pretty much fallen behind by the 1880s, which is when the U.S. and Germany left them chewing dust economically. hey then struggled in the Boer War against a few Dutch farmers and had to be bailed out by the USA in both world wars, so I 'd argue the Brits haven't been a world power for over a 100 years now.

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I still think they are a super power. Heck, look at how they whipped the butts off in the Falklings. Muah hhahahahahah

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Great Britian needs a name change. Britian should suffice.

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How about Good Britain? Is Britain really that great?

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Still wouldn't want to live anywhere else though.

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@timrussert

enacting austerity measures does not work... it will only stall any recovery.if george osbourne,the finance minister does this they will go the way of ireland who themselves are about to require help from the EU/IMF.Then,it really wont be such a Great Britain anymore.

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I would think that if a country needs to remind the world it's a world power, it really isn't.

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Still wouldn't want to live anywhere else though.

Yeah I guess there is advantage in good beer.

I would think that if a country needs to remind the world it's a world power, it really isn't.

Yeah tell me about it. Maybe a world power in pub fighting and exporting hooligans to European soccer events.

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Even its ability to 'Punch above its weight' has fallen to a point of no power beyond that of a fallen yorkshire pudding. Powerful, yes, a mover on the world stage, somewhat.

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I would think that if a country needs to remind the world it's a world power, it really isn't.

It was a foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor's bash in town - it wasn't directed at the rest of the world. Generally speaking most Brits couldn't give, and never have given, a toss what the rest of the world thinks about us - probably why we are so despised. I personally wouldn't mind us taking more of a backseat role on global affairs in the future, enable us to concentrate a bit more on sorting our own mess out. But anyone who thinks the world would be a better or safer place if the UK were to step away from the table of global diplomacy and politics is deluded. Admittedly the UK currently has some major issues to address but comparatively speaking, in terms of respect for basic freedoms, democracy, equality, charity, political stability, justice, tolerance and fostering international relations I still think we are world leader. If you value strategic influence and economic clout over all of the above then I guess yea, the UK is a has-been and China and India are up next. Good luck world.

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Time to get rid of the UK. It doesn't work. I'm not a "Brit", I'm English, and my friend Rob is Scottish. Good mates, different countries. Let's end this "United Kingdom" sham.

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Haha! This folk is remembering us the name of UK.

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Still a world power but a falling one like the US and Japan. We 1st world nations made China what it is and made millionaires and billionaires in the process while gutting our middle classes. The greatest experiment in market economy known as "globilization" has decimated our societies and economies. Help us all China will be our master unless we change directions and protect our own first.

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@usaexpat - very well said. But unfortunately, as the pictures last week of Cameron and his boys kowtowing and begging for scraps before Hu Jin Tao showed, there will be no change of directions. There is going to be a doubling down.

Or as a certain JT poster would say, "the solution to 40 years of economic idiocy is to increase the idiocy. That will fix all problems."

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It was a foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor's bash in town - it wasn't directed at the rest of the world. Generally speaking most Brits couldn't give, and never have given, a toss what the rest of the world thinks about us - probably why we are so despised.

Thanks for clarification, I don't think anyone should read too much into CAMERON's assertion-- though I'm not saying it would be one hell of a daunting task. One thing though, UK was the ground zero of the GFC, and the PM have other more pressing things to mull like redrafting some of MANDELSON's fiscal policies....

To the Brits (and the PM), good luck though!

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