Two party leaders on Saudi Arabia: Corbyn v Cameron

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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3 thoughts on “Two party leaders on Saudi Arabia: Corbyn v Cameron”

  1. Some consistency would be nice from Corbyn. His stance on Iran for example. He turned up at 35th anniversary celebrations for the Iranian Revolution (which included the wholesale murder of socialist revolutionaries) whose record on human rights reaches about the same dismal heights as Saudi’s. One might argue that this is hardly that important, since he was a mere backbencher, but the things you chose to do without pressures probably tell people more about your motivations, than the things you do because of the competing pressures of government.

    This was for no national security benefit.

  2. Corbyn worked as a paid presenter for the Iranian propaganda channel PressTV.

    That’s the kind if criticism they get from him.

    That act alone should have led to his expulsion from the party, but apparently that view isn’t in keeping with the New Politics…

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