David Cameron has arrived in India for a visit he hopes will inject new energy into Anglo-Indian relations and help build trade links between the nations. The prime minister, on his first visit to Asia since taking office, is being accompanied by several senior Cabinet colleagues and UK business leaders.
The government regards India as a vital regional and economic partner in the drive to boost exports and investment.
If India's a 'partner', why are we giving her foreign aid, especially when she has a space program and nuclear weapons ?
Mr Cameron travelled from Turkey where he pledged to help its EU entry bid.
Ah, yes. Doubtless driven by that grass-roots Tory pressure for a few million Turks to come to the UK.
Cameron can talk of partnership as much as he likes. Indian businessmen aren't stupid.
"Recently there was speculation that Anil Ambani, one of the richest men in India, might buy Liverpool football club. There was much debate on Indian television of the merits of owing a Premier League club. One participant suggested it was payback time to the British for the East India Company. The presenter cut in sharply, saying: "We paid them back a long time ago. I thought the Indians owned most of the British businesses worth having. We don't need to buy a football club to demonstrate that."
The rest of the panel roared with laughter.."
As Churchill put it in a slightly different context : "It makes one flush to read the comments which were made behind the scenes about our country and its representatives."