It’s just like the dinner lady saying to the naughty boy if you don’t do as you are told I’ll send you to the back of the queue.
I am referring to the outrageous statement by Obama threatening to block a UK/US trade deal if we vote to leave the EU.
This decision, as he sees it, would not be in the interests of the US.
Our interests do not appear to matter.
Whilst we are in the EU, Obama feels as though he has an arm and a voice in it and no doubt Cameron puts forward and argues the US view.
In effect, Cameron acts as an agent for the US.
Obama maintains that there is still a special relationship.
To me, it seems only to be special when he needs our support in the Security Council or somebody to join in a US military escapade, all of which we dutifully do.
When we might want something in return we are told to go to the back of the queue.
This is not a special relationship.
It’s a special domination.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-American.
I like mature Americans and their country, but Obama’s statement is a real game changer.
Maybe the next time an opportunity presents itself in the Security Council we should vote with the Russians and see how that goes down.
After all, we are currently imposing trade sanctions on Russia at the behest of the US.
We might need to withdraw these and strike a trade deal.
One important thing to note, however, is that Obama’s threat applies only to a new trade deal, not to current trade which will presumably continue as usual.