6th October 2015
Here are two quotes on Saudi Arabia from two party leaders at party conference time.
Jeremy Corbyn (source):
“So for my first message to David Cameron, I say to him now a little message from our conference, I hope he’s listening – you never know:
Intervene now personally with the Saudi Arabian regime to stop the beheading and crucifixion of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who is threatened with the death penalty, for taking part in a demonstration at the age of 17.
And while you’re about it, terminate that bid made by our Ministry of Justice’s to provide services for Saudi Arabia – which would be required to carry out the sentence that would be put down on Mohammed Ali al-Nimr.
We have to be very clear about what we stand for in human rights.
A refusal to stand up is the kind of thing that really damages Britain’s standing in the world.”
David Cameron (source):
“There was one occasion since I’ve been prime minister where a bomb that would have potentially blown up over Britain was stopped because of intelligence we got from Saudi Arabia. […]
Of course it would be easier for me to say ‘I’m not having anything to do with these people, it’s all terribly difficult etcetera etcetera […]
For me, Britain’s national security and our people’s security comes first.”
I am not a supporter of either leader; but this contrast in approach is interesting.
If nothing else, it shows a clear divide between the two leaders on one particular issue.
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