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Opinion: In Britain, a new PM is waiting

But will the world see a difference?

So, no big change ahead. Britain will continue to rely on its special position as America's favorite ally to maintain its own position in the world. But the job of making security policy will be restored to the career bureaucrats. Appearing with Cameron was his top adviser on national security Dame Pauline Neville-Jones. In a long career, Neville-Jones, for whom the word "severe" might have been coined, rose to the top of the security-diplomatic service, eventually taking over the Joint Intelligence Committee, the closest thing Britain has to America's National Security Council.

Neville-Jones' presence in his cabinet underscores Cameron's sincerity about returning decision-making to the status quo ante Tony Blair. She is not likely to tolerate decisions made outside regular channels as was the case in the decision to invade Iraq. The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has been hearing conflicting testimony for weeks about whether Blair made a personal commitment to George Bush in 2002 to go to war against Saddam, a commitment that strictly speaking he did not have the authority to make. Blair is due to testify in front of the inquiry next week ... it is unlikely we will be any the wiser about the truth when he is finished.

In 45 minutes of talk and Q & A about the only new policy that came up was that there will be an increased focus on the Gulf states by the Conservatives. Neville-Jones repeated several times the Arab Gulf states: Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman had been neglected by Britain in recent years.

That seemed a bit harsh. The Labour government may not have focused too intensively on the region but Britons have been enthusiastic participants in the growth of the region. Super chef Gordon Ramsay has had a restaurant in Dubai since 2001 and Posh and David Beckham have a home there. London's bankers are constantly threatening to de-camp for the area if their bonuses are taxed.

What Neville-Jones seemed to be implying was that a region critical to supplying Britain's petroleum needs in an era of dwindling supply and increased global demand needs a few more strokes than it has been getting in the years of Blair and Brown.

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