The Prime Minister will be deep in preparation for the Conservative party conference, which starts on Sunday. After Labour’s strong showing, he has some work to do.
For that reason not he but Nick Clegg spoke before the UN General Assembly in New York today. Addressing the chamber Clegg—perhaps having dipped into Karl Popper during his flight—stressed the “remarkable resilience of open societies and the acute need for international cooperation in today’s world.”
He reflected on the Arab Spring, setting out how in Libya and across the Middle East the west had helped to provide “the nuts and bolts of successful democratic transition.”
He then came to the three most pressing current international situations. First, he welcomed the progress that is being made in reaching an agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons, saying that “we hope to adopt very shortly a Security Council resolution establishing binding legal obligations on the Syrian regime, for the removal and destruction of Syria’s vast chemical weapons arsenal.”