Cameron WWII 'junior partner' gaffe - Yahoo! News UK "I think it's important in life to speak as it is, and the fact is that we are a very effective partner of the US, but we are the junior partner," the PM told Sky News. "We were the junior partner in 1940 when we were fighting the Nazis." Downing Street on Thursday insisted Mr Cameron's comments were not intended to belittle the efforts of Britain's troops at a time when the UK and its empire stood alone against the Nazis. Shame that expensive Eton education didn't include any history lessons.