Saturday, 18 September 2021
Boris Johnson signed up to AUKUS for the jokes about the French, but the French have not even noticed that we were in it, so the joke is on us. As ever, that joke is Johnson. Have the Americans or the Australians noticed that we were in AUKUS? Not noticeably. The submarines are going to built in Australia after all, so we have no role in it.
If anything, the French think that recalling their Ambassador to Washington effectively recalls their Ambassador to London. Even Australia, which has been an American client-state for as long as anyone can remember, is treated as more of a sovereign entity than Britain is by three other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, while the Russians just buy us up.