Libya 2011: Cameron and Sarkozy pat themselves on back
Op-Ed: Friday Labour leader in the UK, Ed Miliband, is under attack from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and you may say what else is new? The Tory election campaign in particular has centred around attacking Mr Miliband at each and every opportunity presumably as they cannot win the May election on their five-year record in office.
So what has Ed done this time or should that be what are the others spinning into a negative this time?
Friday Ed was setting out the party's foreign policy priorities in a speech in London. BBC News reports "Mr Miliband also pledged to rebuild the UK's international standing, claiming Mr Cameron had presided over the "biggest loss of influence in a generation" and placed the UK's future in the European Union in doubt." No arguments with that one surely?
The problem arose when Miliband spoke of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea and recent mass deaths. Ahead of the speech the mainstream media were reporting the planned speech given Cameron and others plenty of time to forward plan.
Mr Miliband stated what is blatantly obvious to all and sundry – that the Libyan people should not have been left high and dry after we intervened in their civil war against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The failure to support Libya in the post revolution period has helped the country become more lawless and made it a gateway to Europe for migrants and for some death.
Miliband said Cameron failed to plan for a post Gaddafi period and that assumption is correct.
David Cameron, PM and William Hague, former foreign secretary, both Conservatives and Nick Clegg, deputy PM, Liberal Democrat have been quick to attack Miliband Friday.
They accuse him of politicising the death of migrants in the Med and the plight of those searching for a better life in Europe but they do just that by voicing their anger.
As these three men were in power during the Libyan revolution, and since, perhaps they are showing a guilty conscience.
As Labour has said Friday they are "not blaming the prime minister for the recent deaths in the Mediterranean" just assessing the situation which has helped bring about the migrant crisis.
To loosely quote the Bard "Methinks the gentlemen protest too much."
Miliband basically said Cameron and others involved in the post Libya conflict should have anticipated such problems, while Cameron and others called his comments 'ill-judged' and Nick Clegg said it was "pretty distasteful" but remember both are also electioneering.