Neighbourhood watch not mission creep


"Helping this neighbourhood to help itself."

With those words David Cameron heralded his arrival in Algeria - the first Western leader to visit this country since the hostage crisis which left 38 foreigners dead and the first British prime minister to visit in half a century of Algerian independence.

The prime minister has brought his national security advisor and the head of MI6 with him for talks designed to secure a new security partnership between the two countries. In practice that is likely to focus, at least to start with, more on the sharing of intelligence and less on defence co-operation.

The presence of the British trade envoy Lord Risby and the Algerian energy minister is a reminder that oil and not just security is high on the agenda here.

In the aftermath of the hostage crisis David Cameron described North Africa as a magnet for Al Qaeda terrorism and the focus of a new generational struggle against Islamic extremism.

After he had laid a wreath at the martyrs memorial in Algiers, I asked him if he could allay fears that this region could become his Iraq or Afghanistan. He insisted that it would not.

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    Comment number 13.


    Never say never. Ed has grown into his role while Cameron is diminished by it,red faced and blustering at PMQs,loosing his temper because he has no command of detail

    The Lib-Dems are disilusioned and Clegg`s only hope of survival is a coalition with Labour if it`s electorally possible.

    Cameron`s also economically illiterate and while trusted on the economy it won`t last indefinitely.

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    Comment number 8.

    2. blackie1947
    Something positive it is then. There is a maximum of 826 days left until we can kick the Tories out. I'm counting down the days. There is of course a chance that an election will be called before then. In which case the country can start work sooner on rectifying the Tory trail of destruction.

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    Comment number 12.

    9. colinag01
    Nope. I think even the thickest of us realise that there is too much Tory under the bridge already. There is a very very good reason why they haven't won a winning majority for over 20 years.

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    Comment number 2.

    The tories are doing fine, fact. They have really good ideas on how to reduce benefit dependency and dependency on the state to provide jobs aka civil servants and the Chinese equivalent of their army the NHS job creation agency. Carry on as you are and good luck. Lets have something positive from other contributors to this blog - it would mark a "C" change in their collective thinking.

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    Comment number 25.

    Crikey, I seem to have wondered into a professional diplomats convention with expertise in North African security!

    I always turn to BBC HYS as a place for a good laugh at posters who take themselves far too seriously.

    I bet Billy was first.


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