Today's Telegraph reports a growing distance between George W Bush and Gordon Brown. Relations won't have been helped by yesterday's highly politicised draw-down of troops.
At the heart of the cooler relationship is a belief in Washington that British troops - soon to exit - have underperformed in Basra.
Confirming speculation that appeared here a few weeks ago, the Telegraph's Toby Harnden reports that the President and Prime Minister have only spoken twice since their Camp David summit in July.
Is this an opportunity for Britain's Conservatives to get closer to the White House? It's an opportunity they are unlikely to take. Shadow cabinet minister Owen Paterson MP was in Washington recently for high-level meetings but John Bolton, attending this year's Tory Conference was only granted fringe status. David Cameron was unwilling to give the former American Ambassador to the UN a platform slot. The Conservative leader wishes to portray a more moderate face to the electorate and that explained Mayor Bloomberg's keynote speech to the Conference's opening day (see picture and report). My guess is that the Conservative leadership is content to pursue closer links with Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger but not with the Bush administration.
Many American politicians are also suspicious of David Cameron. Rudy Giuliani declined to have his photo taken when he recently met David Cameron in London.
The closeness of Team Brown to Democrat politicians was confirmed again last week when it became very evident that much of Gordon Brown's speech to the Labour Conference was inspired by Bob Shrum, long-time consultant to Al Gore, John Kerry and other opponents of the Republican Party.
PS Apologies for the shortage of posts over the last week. I've been at the Conservative Party's Annual Conference - read some of my reports here. Normal service should be resumed from now on.