The prime minister has made the point in several recent speeches that national and global politics increasingly interact with each other and that therefore while doing duty overseas he is also serving the UK's more local interests. There is some truth in this, but not as much as Mr Blair appears to think. Helping to calm things down in Kashmir will have no impact whatsoever on waiting lists in the National Health Service or on the state of the Britain's railways. Telling a meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry that Britain wants to be a force for good in world affairs will not impress those at home who want to see the police able to act as a force for good in their own communities. Mr Blair should remember why he was returned to office at the last election. If global interdependence was mentioned in his manifesto it was in the very small print. Improving the public services is what the nation wants Mr Blair to concentrate on.
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