Caught Tarzan on QT the other night saying 'there has never been a special relationship with the US' and 'we should stop kidding ourselves'; regrettably he's accurate. As he pointed out the only nation the US has a speshul focus upon is Israel. Chomsky pointed out in his book Interventions that the US didn't enter Iraq for national security reasons but in response to integrating power blocs; the Japanese, Chinese and Indians, the expanding and integrating EU. The ME is the US point of influence between a changing global landscape. Our 60 year loyalty to this idea of the US's special friend is now more perverse than ever. Still agree with Acheson; 'Britain has lost an Empire and not found a role'. We've never regained our confidence since that loss; our role should be as a confident friend of America. And prepared to wound that friend with our honesty and start telling them to return to democracy and away from imperial freebooting. So what should be our role?: - Britain's role should be as a progressive European nation (that is, to see our identity in these terms) - A radically reduced monarchy (our insistence on continuity has slowed our infrastructure develop e.g. look at our transport system) - Withdrawal immediately from Afghanistan (an independent security policy) - Massive investment in science and education (R&D) - PR (true social democracy) - Expansion of University relationship with business (entrepreneurialism to the fore) - Regional democracy (glocalisation) What else?