Alex Massie

No escape for Brown

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Hamid Karzai, wag:

Gordon Brown had to suffer the indignity of a joke about his leadership from Afghan president Hamid Karzai during a press conference in Kabul.

Mr Karzai, who faces numerous challenges to his own leadership, made the quip as reporters pressed the British Prime Minister over his relationship with David Miliband.

“Cabinet ministers plotting is nothing new. We have it in Afghanistan - although not my foreign minister,” Mr Karzai remarked.

Brown of course also pledged to continue the futile drug war. We've been in Afghanistan for six years now. To what end? Or, to put it another way, what will we achieve in ten years that we couldn't in six?

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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