For all those soothsayers who predicted UK policy towards the bloody Mugabe regime would soften up under Gordon Brown's tenure, think again.
Brown had a strongly worded statement in the Independent (London) yesterday, laying down the gauntlet to the soft under-belly of Europe (Portugal, among others) with regard to the attendance of teh Zimbabwean dictator at the Portuguese-hosted E.U.-Africa Summit in December.
If the Portuguese invite Mugabe, as he is starving his country to death and arresting and beating anyone who resists his Pol Pot strategy, then Brown will pass on the event.
Though an eventual Portuguese snub to Mugabe will almost certainly result in the refusal of African countries themselves to particpate, that is a more desirable outcome than the spectre of Mugabe trying to turn the meeting into a public relations boon for himself.
Read also about Britain's move to tighten the screws on the Mugabe regime by extending the targetted sanctions to children and other family members of the 132 persons among Mugabe's inner circle and ruling elite.
The Australians have already taken this step; what are the Americans waiting for?