Well done Vince


by Rumbold
29th October, 2007 at 9:12 pm    

Acting Liberal Democrat leader Vincent ‘Vince’ 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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  1. Vince Cable boycotts Saudis « Amused Cynicism

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  1. douglas clark — on 29th October, 2007 at 10:08 pm  

    Well, Rumbold, there is a surprise. You can correctly identify the bad guys. And who, I ask you who, is saying that they are evil pieces of shit?

    Certainly not Conservatives.

  2. Don — on 29th October, 2007 at 10:50 pm  

    As a LibDem, hooray for us.

    As me, bit of a no-brainer, really.

  3. sonia — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:10 am  

    hehe, happy to do business with them but not happy to entertain them eh? what about BAE, hmm? I suppose they’ve just got their living to make, poor sods that they are, i’d have them at my banquet any day.

  4. Sunny — on 30th October, 2007 at 1:24 am  

    A bit of a no-brainer, agreed. But is too cynical to suggest its a nice publicity stunt? Though if someoen else can be shamed into followign this lead….

  5. douglas clark — on 30th October, 2007 at 2:40 am  

    Sinia,

    A slight disagreement here, ouch! I don’t think Liberals have ever thought that the Al Yemani contract was OK. Supporting folk that blow up buildings is probably not a good idea, and pretending that their government are a bunch of innocents is probably wrong.

    Good on Mr Cable, for telling it as it is.

  6. douglas clark — on 30th October, 2007 at 3:28 am  

    As in Sonia, apologies.

  7. Rumbold — on 30th October, 2007 at 9:28 am  

    As the Lib Dems will never be in a position to influence anything I suppose Vince has the luxury of morality, but it is still nice to see a politician actually standing up for something and keeping his snout out of the trough.

  8. gracchi — on 30th October, 2007 at 10:50 am  

    Agreed Rumbold- the luxury is there- its a difficult one though for the government- do you just exclude and not meet people even though you may need their help or do you meet them take the moral corruption but possibly use their help for other ends.

  9. Derius — on 30th October, 2007 at 10:54 am  

    What I don’t understand is why has nobody organised protests against the Saudi Regime during this visit.

    When George Bush came a few years back, there were many such protests in London.

    Where is Amnesty International and co on this?

  10. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 11:14 am  

    British exports to Saudi Arabia came to £3.5 billion last year

    That’s got to be worth the £5 billion typhoon fighters we’re supplying them

    It’s not about money or anything

  11. Chairwoman — on 30th October, 2007 at 11:44 am  

    Humiliation on Her Majesty?

    Oh please! Her Majesty loves these people. They have so much to talk about, what with their horse racing and killing things.

    And don’t forget their subjects.

  12. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 11:55 am  

    “And don’t forget their subjects”

    Wonder if their favourite subject at college was economics

  13. sahil — on 30th October, 2007 at 11:58 am  

    “Wonder if their favourite subject at college was economics”

    Monopoly on all things extravagant ;)

  14. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:02 pm  

    “Monopoly on all things extravagant”

    Wonder if Queenie and Abdullah are playing a game of Monopoly as we speak.

    “I want Mayfair”

    “You already own it, don’t you?”

    “Oh silly me. You’re lucky we’re not in my country or I’d chop your head off woman”

    “Ha ha, here, I’ll swap you Park Lane for some fighter jets”

  15. sahil — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:10 pm  

    :D The best strategy in monopoly is to get bow street et al and you’re sorted, if you’re only playing with two people, jump for old kent road. I really need to get a life :(

  16. Leon — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:11 pm  

    Derius #9

    Wednesday 31st October, 6pm – 8pm

    Saudi Embassy, 30-32 Charles Street, W1J 5DZ (next to Green Park station)

    Speakers: Yahya al-Alfaifi (Saudi trade unionist), Katy Clark MP, John McDonnell MP, Marsha-Jane Thompson (SYN Co-Chair), Sandy Mitchell (former British prisoner in Saudi Arabia), Murad Qureshi AM, Peter Tatchell

    See map here http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl…0235&z=16&om=1

    SYN is organising a demonstration against the Saudi dictator Abdullah al Saud who is on a state visit to Britain at the invitation of the Government between 30th October – 1st November.

    Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive dictatorships on earth. There are no political parties, free elections, trade unions or independent media. Human rights abuses are rampant–including torture, floggings, amputations and public execution. Women are deprived of their most basic rights while gays face the prospect of death.

    The British Government continues to prop up this regime at the behest of the oil and defence industry while hypocritically preaching about democracy and human rights abuses abroad.

    Join the demonstration and make clear that British support for this vile dictatorship will no longer be tolerated!

  17. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:16 pm  

    Sahil, have you been to Bow and Old Kent Road recently? Muslims already own it

    Can’t get a decent steamed eel, mash and liquor gravy in the east end for love nor money these days…

  18. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:19 pm  

    Good call Leon. But the important thing to remember is that the Saudis aren’t as bad to their people as Saddam…. right?

    Laughable the stupidity of the ‘topple Saddam cos he waz evil’ posse

  19. Morgoth — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:24 pm  

    Laughable the stupidity of the ‘topple Saddam cos he waz evil’ posse

    Easy for you to say sitting in a nice cosy liberal democracy where you don’t get tortured for writing on a bank note bearing the potrait of Saddam. In fact, your attitude *stinks*.

  20. sahil — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:30 pm  

    “Sahil, have you been to Bow and Old Kent Road recently? Muslims already own it”

    Doesn’t surprise me Monopoly is in the blood. I love hearing the uncles go on about property oblivious to my seething rage, as someone who can barely rent!!

  21. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:34 pm  

    Morgoth, what planet are you on? The same one as me. The nice cosy liberal democracy you keep reminding me I live in

    You’re the one cherry picking which regimes are worth toppling

    Abdullah fucks his people over, Mugabe fucks his people over, America fucked a million people in Iraq and Afghanistan over

    Yay. Let’s smoke some heroin and celebrate, shall we?

  22. Derius — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:34 pm  

    Thanks Leon (#16)

    That one flew under my radar!

  23. Kismet Hardy — on 30th October, 2007 at 12:36 pm  

    Hm. I wonder what’s worse? Defacing a bank note and getting tortured? Or getting shipped to a secret CIA torture camp because you thought about avenging your dead family that got wiped out?

    Get some perspective, man

  24. Rumbold — on 30th October, 2007 at 1:30 pm  

    Chairwoman:

    “Humiliation on Her Majesty?

    Oh please! Her Majesty loves these people.”

    I doubt it. You’re not a republican are you?

  25. Morgoth — on 30th October, 2007 at 3:02 pm  

    You’re the one cherry picking which regimes are worth toppling

    Oh fuck off Kismet. If you’re actually taken time out from your inane anti-american ranting you would have noticed that I have repeatedly called for the removal and toppling of all tyrannical regimes, including, and especially Saudi Arabia.

    Hm. I wonder what’s worse? Defacing a bank note and getting tortured? Or getting shipped to a secret CIA torture camp because you thought about avenging your dead family that got wiped out?

    Just when I thought you couldn’t get any lower now you come along and make fun of the victims of Saddam.

    The BBC journalist John Simpson this week recalled meeting a man who had been sentenced to death for writing a phone number on a bank note with Saddam’s face on it. “His prospective executioners,” wrote Simpson, “listened to his story, sympathised with him and merely dipped him in the bath (of acid) for a few seconds. He had some of the most hideous scars I have ever seen.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/david_aaronovitch/article627557.ece

  26. Rumbold — on 30th October, 2007 at 3:26 pm  

    Random Guy;

    “Refresh, sorry about this, but this damn thread is out of control and I am stuck here with Morgoth, j0nz and Rumbold without anyone in the driver’s seat.”

    Sounds like the script for a hilarious coming of age/ road trip movie (guest starring Ajay Devgan as ‘Sunny’).

    [Following Sunny's lead I am closing this thread, to avoid Iraq War discussion overspillage. I think that the participants in the aformentioned discussion all had ample opportunity to express themselves.]

  27. Morgoth — on 30th October, 2007 at 3:27 pm  

    (apologies for a temporary changing of the subject of this thread – but the point had to be answered).

    I will say one thing for Her Maj though. Better her than President Prescott!

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