In 1850, Lord Palmerston, the British foreign secretary and later prime minister, sent a squadron of gunboats to blockade the Greek port of Piraeus. A British subject, David Pacifico, had received what Palmerston believed was unfair treatment at the hands of the Greek government. More from Gavin Esler Trump and Johnson need 'special relationships' of their own Why Joe Biden's win just put Boris Johnson in a Catch-22 situation What does America need beyond 'healing'? Palmerston justified sending gunboats by telling parliament: “A British subject, in whatever land he may be, shall feel confident that the watchful eye and the strong arm of England will protect him against injustice and wrong.”...Full Article
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