Britain is struggling to get its way in the debate over Libya's future - but that isn't stopping it trying to do all it can to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
The UK is having a tough time of it in Libya. Gaddafi, who was supposed to have folded months ago, remains as defiant as ever. The UK has committed itself to an open-ended conflict which has already seen RAF jets fly 17,000 sorties over Libyan airspace. If progress isn't made by the time parliament returns in September, the government could find itself in political hot water from frustrated MPs.
"Time is on our side," Hague insisted at the Foreign Office this morning. It's far from clear - especially when you take into account recent experience in Iraq and Afghanistan - that he's right.
Maybe this was what prompted the decision to expel Gaddafi's remaining diplomats. It looks, on the face of it, like a strong, decisive move. Actually, it reflects Britain's deteriorating fortunes in the debate over the future of Libya.
It's the shift inRead More »from Britain is running out of cards to play against Gaddafi