The UK election was first and foremost a British one, of course. The debates that led to the first majority Conservative government since 1997’s landslide Labour win were primarily about national issues; domestic concerns, as well as the UK’s future in the European Union. But the choice of the British public, at least as expressed through the vagaries of the UK’s electoral “first past the post” system, will be watched closely far beyond the UK. This includes the Arab world, where the previous coalition government of David Cameron and Nick Clegg certainly played a substantial role. The question will now be – without a Liberal Democrat partner - how might a purely Conservative Party government approach the Arab world?
In a broad strategic sense, Downing Street has no appetite for much in the way of changeH.A. Hellyer