Howard refuses to congratulate Bush

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Howard refuses to congratulate Bush

Nicholas Watt, political correspondent
Monday November 8, 2004
The Guardian

Michael Howard deepened his feud with the White House yesterday when he pointedly refused to offer the traditional post-election congratulations to George Bush.
Angered by a White House edict banning him from meeting the president - as punishment for criticising Tony Blair over Iraq - Mr Howard said it would be wrong for him to express any view on the poll.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph the arch-Atlanticist was asked whether he was pleased that a fellow rightwinger had beaten a liberal. He said: "I made it clear that I could work perfectly well with both President Bush and President Kerry ... I don't think it's appropriate to express a view on those elections."
Mr Howard's remarks may appear bland. But in the language of diplomacy they amount to a rebuke to Mr Bush - and in particular to his polling guru, Karl Rove, who told him he would not be welcome at the White House after he criticised Mr Blair's use of intelligence before the Iraq war.
Mr Rove was reported by the Sun as telling Howard aides: "You can forget about him meeting the president. Don't bother coming."
In his interview Mr Howard hit back at Mr Rove, who is widely credited with masterminding President Bush's decisive victory. Criticising the White House for being "very protective" of Mr Blair, he added: "I am not going to be told by anyone how to do my job and if it displeases those in the White House, that's tough."
Mr Howard's decision to distance himself from the White House reflects his belief that Mr Bush is so unpopular in Britain that voters will be impressed by a politician who stands up to him. This has created a unprecedented situation in which a Labour prime minister will be feted at the White House while a Tory leader is cold-shouldered.


aide - asystent, doradca
ban - zakazywać
bland - uprzejmy, łagodny
cold-shoulder- ignorować (kogoś) , robić afronty
edict - rozporządzenie, dekret
fellow - współtowarzysz, przed rzeczownikiem: osoba należąca do tej samej grupy
fete - fetować, świętować
feud - niezgoda, waśń, nienawiść
mastermind - organizować, przewodzić
pointedly - jasno, wyraźnie
rebuke - nagana, wymówka, napomnienie
rightwinger - prawicowiec
unprecedented - bezprecedensowy


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