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Max Power Speech to Atlantic Council
(permission for speech given by Admin MacMillan)

The Shadow Foreign Secretary has traveled to Washington, DC, and spoke before The Atlantic Council on how a Labour Government would uphold the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom:  Excerpts from the speech are below:

"No one will match Winston Churchill for his oratorical brilliance in upholding the Special Relationship between our two countries.  But in policy, leaders like Clement Atlee, Ernest Bevin, and Hugh Gaitskell showed themselves just as committed to this relationship.  Under a Labour Government, Britain co-founded NATO, because we recognized that we had to come together to resist Soviet aggression... 

Indeed, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gaitskell oversaw a huge increase in our defense capacity to meet the challenge of keeping the peace in the world.  While we were struggling to recover from the Second World War, nonetheless our people sacrificed some of their own needs to support a strong defense.  While we had to continue rationing until the early 1950s, we also built up a strong deterrent force, including a nuclear deterrent.  We did not give to our common defense out of our abundance, for we had none.  Instead, we tightened our belts for our common cause ...

This tradition of support for the United States and NATO has held throughout all UK governments since the War, in spite of the disastrous Suez intervention that was undertaken, not by a Labour Prime Minister, but by Anthony Eden.  Harold Wilson and James Callaghan continued in the tradition of supporting the Atlantic alliance ...

...It must be acknowledged that our party policy was seriously off-base in the 1980s.  We were unfortunately infiltrated by people who did not hold to our classic social democratic values, and this caused us to embrace a criminally idiotic policy of neutralism in 1983, and a well-intentioned by misguided policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament in 1987.  But since then, we have come back to ourselves and our traditions!  Just as the Conservative Party is no longer the party of craven appeasement of Nazism in the 1930s, so Labour is no longer the party of neutralism and disarmament.

...What should the United States expect in the event of a Labour Government?  You can expect that we will honor our partnership with respect.  A Labour Government will not unilaterally cause a conflict or potential conflict in the South Atlantic.  If we need to take action in the Western Hemisphere, we will not disregard consulting with the United States.  Further, a Labour Government will speak with one voice on areas of foreign policy.  You will not need to guess our official policy on, for example, Chechnya.  We will offer something that has been missing from Britain's recent foreign policy stance:  we will provide clarity and transparency ...

...Our two countries have stood together in times of crisis.  Let us stand together in times of promise.  As great parts of the world move away from dictatorship and to democracy, may we combine our efforts on behalf of progress.  Let us move towards greater freedom, greater trade, greater prosperity, greater progress on narrowing the divide between the north and the south, and towards healing our environment.  

A Labour Government will stand with our friends and partners, above all the United States of America."
Max Power, Labour
MP for Oxford East (1987-present)
Shadow Foreign Secretary (1994-present)
An interesting history lesson, but one that didn't necessarily draw people to your cause. On an overseas trip like this, only the headlines make it back home - and when some of those headlines are deeply critical of your own party's policy only five years ago, it doesn't look great.

But still, a good speech overall - and worked for the American audience.

OOC: How many XP?
Max Power, Labour
MP for Oxford East (1987-present)
Shadow Foreign Secretary (1994-present)
A single

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