A very worrying development

untitled (274)According to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Hertfordshire South West, David Gauke the 47 executions carried out yesterday by Saudi Arabia, a mixture of beheadings and shootings by firing squad, were a “very worrying development”. Speaking on Sky News he insisted the relationship between the UK and Riyadh was vital for security. He said “We do have a relationship with Saudi Arabia where we are able to speak candidly to them, where these issues are raised on a regular basis by the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister and our representatives in Riyadh.” Whilst I understand that Saudi Arabia does not appear to be carrying out these executions to create terror in the minds of UK residents, it is very hard to ignore the similarities between the barbarism of the Saudi Government with whom we willingly transact military weapon systems and presumably with whom we trade in secrets? and the barbarism of other organisations who we treat as foes. The Saudi willingness to share tip offs from potential terrorist attacks as trumpeted by our Government is presumably something they trade on, when they need favours of their own? I believe we need more open and honest assessments from our Government than the statement that this is a “very worrying development”. If we do have a relationship that allows us to be candid with them, then we need to know that there are some candid discussions taking place now! Although David Gauke has been involved in party politics since leaving Oxford University in 1993, surely even he can appreciate that such paltry responses will not satisfy people who do not have access to the secret correspondence between Governments, nor understanding of why we arm a nation like Saudi Arabia with our military hardware just because they come to us with their oil revenues? They are not exactly quick to respond when we need regional players to intervene on military issues. Its hard to imagine that this response would be offered if some of the 47 people murdered yesterday, had been British!


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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