Tim Farron came out in suppport of the US airstrikes inn Syria. Yet when Boris, the UK foreign secretary lest we forget, backed this up by walking away from talks with Lavrov, Farron said that Boris had made a mistake; even been played for a fool. I don’t understand this position at all.
Look, as long term readers of mine will know, I’m no Boris fan – I think the idea that he’s in charge of the FCO a cruel joke against all of us who care about the Britain – but I think he’s actually always handled the Russians pretty well, and part of this has been Syria. He’s been consistent in saying Assad needs to go, and that there can be no peace there unless he does. I thought refusing to be treated like a gimp by Lavrov was both pretty ballsy and the right thing to do. I feel like I’m missing something, so fellow Boris doubters help me out here: what would have been a better way for the foreign secretary to have played this exactly? Is this part of the “we need a dialogue with the Russians” line of bullshit? Guys, the Russians have been playing the west for either fools or softies for years, at least since the whole South Ossetia moment and that’s getting on for a decade now. All they get is action. Boris wasn’t about to send Britis ground troops into Damascus, so embarrassing Lavrov was all he had to hand and he used it. Seriously, what else was he supposed to have done. I mean, I hate to say it, and I do so with gritted teeth, but on this one I’m forced to say: well played Boris.