Sunday 14 April 2002
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s policy adviser, Robert Cooper, has been seen as highly provocative in his bold assertion of the need for a ‘new kind of imperialism’. He is an articulate advocate for ‘a new age of empire’, in which Western powers no longer have to follow international law in their dealings with ‘old fashioned’ states, can use military force independently of the United Nations and impose protectorates to replace regimes which ‘misgovern’.
And we thought Cameron’s advisor was naughty for suggesting we scrap maternity leave and consumer rights to increase economic productivity. These are not necessarily policy ideas, just random discussion points; even though parts of the media *coughs* BBC *coughs* proclaim otherwise.
These brainstorming sessions by advisors are rarely discussed at Cabinet level.