In what was to rapidly become his custom style, Cameron was late to the Libyan crisis. British oil workers were stranded for a hairy few days in the middle of the desert. However credit where credit is due, he was quick to get the No-Fly Zone plan discussed, risking an international kicking at the early stages when other NATO countries were not so keen.
Back at the very end of February and into the first days of March, Labour were quick to try stop Cameron’s No-Fly Zone plan from getting off the ground. Miliband, conscious of the anti-war vote he hoovered up in the leadership election, tried to humiliate the Prime Minister at PMQs on 2nd March by suggesting that firstly nobody supported his plan, and secondly that our armed services were unable to cope:
“On Monday, the Prime Minister floated the idea of a no-fly zone. On Tuesday, however, a number of foreign Governments distanced themselves from the idea…
Can he reassure the House and the country that any increase in our military commitments that he is talking about, including in north Africa, can be met at a time when we are reducing capability?”
And it wasn’t just Ed. The Shadow Foreign Secretary took to the pages of the Observer to mock Hague for“talking up” plans for a No-Fly Zone, only to be forced to climb down on them. Remind us how that worked out again wee Dougie?
Ed eventually fell into line and had to resort to having his big brother advise him on how to deal with the crisis. Just remember all this when you see the Labour leader pop up on television any moment now to praise the end result…
Situation in Libya fragile but clear regime is crumbling. Welcome news for all of us who believe brutality should not be allowed to stand—
Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) August 22, 2011
He didn’t believe it enough to stop him trying to score points…