“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” a close advisor to the Presidential challenger told the Daily Telegraph last Tuesday, adding: “The [Obama] White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

Conservative MEP and incontinent blogger Dan Hannan also said recently that the Special Relationship “would only be strengthened by the election as President of Mitt Romney”.

Let’s face it and give credit where it’s due, Mitt has got off to a very typical start when it comes to the Special Relationship:

‘Britain is not ready for the Olympics says Mitt Romney’.

‘You know, it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” he told NBC last night, “will the people of the country come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.”

But Ed Miliband was undeterred: meeting Romney today, he said, “There is a special relationship between Britain and the United States, expressed in our shared history and also in the current commitments that we have together.”

It continues to stagger me that UK pols trot out this SR bollocks every time an American bigwig is in town. However, when it comes to the UK Labour Party, Mitt does indeed have special ties to it.

Robert Maxwell, the late owner of Mirror Newspapers and former Labour MP fraudster, invested $2 million in Mr Romney’s first private equity fund, which launched the controversial career in finance that the Republican presidential challenger now cites as proof of his ability to lead the US to prosperity.

Maxwell was a serial tax evader, keeping most of his money in tax havens. And oddly enough, Mitt Romney is less than keen on discussing his own tax returns.

Yes, it’s a common bond. A special relationship.