Monday 22 January 2018

Confusion reigns over Hague Gaddafi plan

'IT'S not a computer game that comes to an end when you get bored. It's not a TV programme that finishes at 10pm. We are going to be working at this for the rest of our lives."

That was how the British foreign secretary, William Hague, last week spelt out the challenge to the western democracies of dealing with the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring' which saw the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt overturned in the space of a few heady weeks of street protests and which triggered the uprisings and bloodshed across the region.

Both the prime minister, David Cameron, and his deputy, Nick Clegg, are away on holiday and it is Hague who has been left to deal with the day-to-day business of running the country.

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