Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain in the Autumn for a month or so
'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Monday, 1 December 2003

US set to drop steel tariffs


This report in the Washington Post predicts that US President Bush will announce repeal of most US tariffs on steel imports, possibly later this week. (Link thru Drudge)

It seems this change is to avoid a damaging trade battle with other countries (probably the EU principally) and possibly partly to try and bolster his re-election hopes for next year. I am very glad that sanity finally appears to be breaking out in Washington. If it is also true that a deal has been reached between the US and UK for the repatriation to the UK of those Britons being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (as I mentioned earlier was predicted yesterday in press reports here) then it may be that the publicly very-supportive, but perhaps more frank in private, policy of Tony Blair in his dealings with President Bush is at last paying dividends.