WHEN did Britain become such a cheap date?
The political elite was in ecstasy this week because of the “lavish” hospitality laid on for David Cameron by US President Barack Obama.
It was, as far as my untrained eye could see, a plane ride and a game of glorified netball. Hardly the field of the cloth of gold.
OK, so the plane ride was in Air Force One, which is better than Mr Cameron is used to. His PR people have made him take so many budget airline flights in recent years, it must have been a blessed relief to fly somewhere without being coerced into buying a scratchcard or charged eight quid for a stale ham butty.
And, yes, he was the first foreign leader to be invited by Mr Obama onto Air Force One, which must have given him a fuzzy feeling inside – particularly after he texted Nicolas Sarkozy to say “Wow! Leg room on AF1 is gr8 isn’t it?! Oh, pardonnez-moi, forgot u ain’t been on here....LOL!”
All the same, one has to wonder whether Britain’s blood-soaked decade of blind loyalty to the USA’s demented foreign policy is really worth a fancy plane ride for our Prime Minister. Even if they do let him keep the slippers and eye mask.