The Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a revolt within his own party after refusing to ignore the Libyan ceasefire and for not invading the country anyway. The ceasefire follows in the wake of the UN resolution to impose a no fly zone over Libya and suggestions that United States were poised to launch air strikes against Libyan Military targets.
However, senior Tories are said to be livid at the decision to ‘let Gaddafi off scot-free’ which they believe to be a further show of British weakness on the international front, and for rendering redundant the hasty rearrangement of the Bullingdon Club’s Spring Dinner.
‘It’s bloody ridiculous!’ said a particularly angry Norman Tebbitt as he sheathed his rapier and uncocked his blunderbuss. ‘What’s the point of having an army if you don’t invade anyone? I blame the French.’
Other senior Tories are applying pressure to William Hague in the hope that he might be begin discussions with Cameron over a possible UK-led invasion, or that he might just accidentally start a war with another bungled SAS mission.
However, Hague has been barred from issuing military orders without prior consultation and from speaking to anyone, anywhere. Moreover, Cameron is likely to remain unmoved because, as one government advisor revealed, ‘another war would stretch the coffers a little, especially since the last time we looked we had enough money for one hand-gun and a cowboy hat.’
Speaking at a press conference Cameron said he was ‘cautious but confident the ceasefire would be honored on the ground, but moved to address fears of ‘another Iraq’:
‘Let me address that question directly by saying to those who are concerned that this may turn into “another Iraq” – It will not turn into another Iraq.
Let me also reassure you that we will ensure that the Libyan people are protected and let me say with surity that we will not be listening out for whispers of nuclear devices or support for Al Qaeda, and will not invade the country illegally in a few months. But I can’t promise that Nick Clegg won’t.’