Vox Political: Labour and Liberals Urge Cameron to Withdraw Support for Saudis

I’ve posted a piece today about the controversy surrounding Britain’s role in getting Saudi Arabia onto the UN Human Rights Council, despite the fact that ‘human rights’ and Saudi Arabia together are a contradiction in terms. The Lib Dems’ leader, Tim Fallon, has denounced Cameron’s support for the Saudis as ‘sycophantic’ and demanded Cameron withdraw it. See Mike’s article at

I think we can safely predict that whatever Cameron does, his support for the Saudis will be unswerving. They’re our biggest custom for arms, and for the past nine months under his government, the parliamentary oversight committee on the arms trade has been conspicuous by its absence. And Tory connections to the arms manufacturers have been a major cause of concern to their opponents ever since the Liberals voiced their concerns and suspicions about them way back in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

To everyone else, it may be a scandal and a disgrace that Cameron is supporting a brutal, absolute monarchy guilty of horrendous human rights abuses and the murder of political opponents and enemy civilians. But to Cameron, it’s just business as usual. You can practically see the £Pound£ signs in his eye.

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