Acting Liberal Democrat leader Vincent â€˜Vinceâ€™ Cable has refused to attend a state banquet honouring a vicious and corrupt regime:
“Mr Cable says he will not attend any of the planned ceremonial events – as would be normal for the leader of one of the main opposition parties. Mr Cable told the BBC’s Today programme that by any assessment of Saudi Arabia, “the human rights record is appalling”.
He also cited the regime’s arms deal with the British firm BAE and the row over alleged corruption surrounding it. Mr Cable added: “I think it’s quite wrong that as a country we should give the leader of Saudi Arabia this honour.”
Good on you Vince, and shame on those who imposed this humiliation on Her Majesty.
Update: Blogger at Amused Cynicism does not agree though.
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