O κ. David Cameron είναι ο ηγέτης των συντηρητικών στην Αγγλία και ο μελλοντικός προθυπουργός. Παρά τον Ευρωπαϊκό προσανατολισμό του αγωνίζεται για την ενίσχυση του θεσμού των εθνικών κρατών στην Ευρώπη πλην Ελλάδος, την οποία προσπαθεί να μετατρέψει σε πολυπολιτισμική χώρα αγωνιζόμενος για τα δικαιώματα των σλαβομακεδόνων. Στις 10 Σεπτεμβρίου του 2003 η εφημερίδα Guardian δημοσίευσε άρθρο του με τίτλο «The Macedonian job» όπου μεταξύ άλλων αναφέρεται υποτιμητικά για την χώρα μας ως εξής: «…Yet as far as I could see, the country - and I am determined to call it Macedonia - has a perfect right to exist. The population is overwhelmingly Macedonian, with a distinctive language, culture and history. It is poorer than some of the other old Yugoslav republics, but considerably richer than
It is always difficult to know how to answer the question: "What will you do to help us?" But on this occasion, I had the answer. From now on I will call our esteemed EU partner "the former Ottoman possession of Greece (FOPOG)….».
Για τον κ.Cameron δεν είμαστε Έλληνες αλλά FOPOG´s.
Διερωτώμαι αν η Ελληνική κυβέρνηση (όποια και να είναι), όταν θα γίνει πρωθυπουργός θα του υπενθυμίσει τις απόψεις αυτές για την χώρα μας, συνδέοντας τις δηλώσεις του με τυχόν στρατιωτικές η άλλες προμήθειες.
Όλη η συνέντευξη του κ. Cameron έχει ως εξής:
The Macedonian Job
"Let me get this straight. Last week someone called Cakara detonated two bombs outside your government's offices. The police won't catch him because the international community has told them not to inflame ethnic tensions. He's so confident that the police are impotent that he's published his mobile phone number in the local newspaper. And that's him you've just called on the phone?"
"Yes. Welcome to
Not your standard dinner party conversation, I admit. But it's a fairly accurate report of one that I had last week in a stunning villa perched on the hills above
Of course technically my neighbour should have said: "Welcome to the
It hasn't been easy. The reason for the long name is that the Greeks complained vigorously that
Yet as far as I could see, the country - and I am determined to call it
It is always difficult to know how to answer the question: "What will you do to help us?" But on this occasion, I had the answer. From now on I will call our esteemed EU partner "the former Ottoman possession of
All right, I admit it. Part of the attraction of the visit was the chance to watch the vital England-Macedonia football international. (And before anyone cries "sleaze", I paid for my air tickets and have disclosed all details in the register of members interests.)
A further excitement was the possibility of meeting the
But I was at the game. Wedged between the massed ranks of Macedonian supporters, at a game which the FA said British fans should avoid, I like to think that I was quietly doing my bit to show our lads that they had not been forgotten. In the event Sven's boys won 2:1 in a relatively scrappy game.
Following the acres of print written about David Beckham, I would simply add this. Off the pitch the expectations about his performance were hyped beyond belief. On the pitch, he was double marked, aggressively tackled and booed by the crowd every time he won the ball. Yet he played like a god, passing with ball-point precision and raising the morale of a distinctly droopy
I may not have met Beckham, but I met a lot of
So what did I learn? Am I a junket junkie - or did this mixture of low football and high politics at least partially educate one of our parliamentarians? I would plead for the latter.
Conflict could have been bloody and widespread, with
So what is the answer? Simple, really. Let
If we give the Macedonians peace and they will deliver their own prosperity.
So please, forgive me my brief junket. After all it could be my last. Next year, the Olympics will be held in the Former Ottoman Possession of Greece. Somehow I don't think I'll be getting the call up.
· David Cameron is the Conservative MP for Witney and shadow deputy leader of the Commons. He writes a fortnightly diary for Guardian Unlimited