Nicholas Leonard: Cameron, like Thatcher, is fan of megaphone diplomacy
Published 02/08/2010 | 05:00
David Cameron looks and sounds like a typical, buttoned-up member of the British upper-middle class. But as leader of the first coalition government for 65 years, he is turning out to be the most unpredictable and outspoken prime minister since the days when Margaret Thatcher practised megaphone diplomacy.
The former foreign secretary, David Miliband, who is now the odds-on favourite to be elected leader of the Labour party next month, denounced Cameron as "a loudmouth" for his searing criticisms of Israel and Pakistan.
Miliband wrote: "Like a cuttlefish squirting out ink, his words were copious and created a mess. Making a splash is not the same as making a difference . . . We don't need bluster. We all have two ears and one mouth. Foreign policy demands that we use them in that proportion."