William Hague Enchants Hillary Clinton

Britain's new government will pursue a "solid not slavish" relationship with the US, the foreign secretary, William Hague, promised today after a meeting with the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in Washington. But he nonetheless lavished praise on his American counterpart, calling her "inspiring".Hague made the flying visit to assure President Barack Obama's administration that the British government was committed to a close partnership, including in the long-term fight in Afghanistan, even if the Conservatives' Liberal Democrat partners have called for more distance.