Didn’t Cameron say ‘Britain is open for business’. He’s certainly proving it, assembling heavyweight trade and cultural missions to both India and China within six months of taking office. Forget the ‘anti’s’. We need to pitch for business and solid cultural links with the world’s biggest economies.
Today, Guido notes that David Cameron once spent time working for Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong, which may not play well with the Chinese. Bunkum, I say. It’s this very experience that should give him the necessary humility when dealing with China.
A historical perspective is required in foreign relations. Pretty obvious really. It’s good that the government are utilising Simon Schama to recast the way we teach history in our schools.
The government is getting everything right. But, my have they a lot to fix in our society, after the disastrous Brown years.
UPDATE: I’ve now read the entirety of Simon Schama’s superb article on teaching of history to our schoolchildren. And, do you know what the last sentence of his article said, when picking out essential areas for children to learn of our history,
“The opium wars and China: Victorian Britain using the royal navy to protect hard drug trafficking? True!”