Today it is real to talk of a partnership of equals between Britain and the world’s largest democracy.
“Well, sort of equal, in that India does not yet have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, which would reflect its status and clout. We support it getting a permanent seat,” wrote a blogger on 4 October.
This in itself would not be a matter worth commenting on. But it so happens that the blogger is one David Miliband, Britain’s secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs.
Miliband says he blogs to help bridge the gap between politicians and the public. Good idea. In Yes Minister, the hit BBC series, the devious Humphrey Appleby once explains the law of inverse relevance: “The less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.”
Miliband’s experiment in open government could be a healthy counterpoint to this cynicism. And wouldn’t it be good if some of our own ministers took to blogging? Any takers?