Why is James Cleverly refusing to talk about UK weapons being used against Palestinians?

James Cleverly: He was once described as “the Tories’ go-to eejit when they need someone to tweet absolute nonsense or defend the indefensible”. Now it seems he’s not even bothering to say anything at all.

Here’s another story that should be all over the BBC’s prime-time news but, for some reason, seems to have been missed by the mostly-Tory news team there.

The information comes from Declassified UK, an independent investigative site run by Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis. This Writer follows Kennard on Twitter and I am impressed by the information he provides and the opinions he puts forward. Therefore I think his site is trustworthy.

Here’s what it says:

Middle East Minister James Cleverly may be breaking the Ministerial Code by failing to answer questions put to him in the House of Commons. The Code demands that ministers have a duty to “be as open as possible with parliament” and to “give accurate and truthful information”.

The questions were about whether military equipment from the UK was used in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in May – which killed 66 Palestinian children.

The best response anybody appears to have received – to 14 questions that Declassified has identified – is that the UK “takes its export control responsibilities very seriously”. That is not an adequate answer.

There is an obvious conclusion to be drawn from this – and I’m sure you don’t need me to spell it out for you.

But Cleverly certainly won’t spell out the facts for all of us unless he is forced to do so.

And, given the huge prominence the Israel-Palestine conflict received in the news during May, the absence of such pressure from mainstream media outlets like the BBC is deeply disturbing.

Britain’s Middle East minister James Cleverly is regularly refusing to provide answers to written questions posed to him by members of parliament, especially on UK arms exports to Israel, contravening House of Commons rules.

Source: Foreign minister James Cleverly accused of breaking UK…

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  1. Paul Billanie July 3, 2021 at 7:42 am - Reply
  2. disabledgrandad July 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    You are being actively blocked on sodding Facebook again BTW if you now try and post this story it blocks it…

    • Mike Sivier July 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Well, there’s a screen cautioning visitors that the article may be malicious. I found that offensive and have contacted Facebook. We’ll have to see what response I get – IF I get one!

      • disabledgrandad July 4, 2021 at 2:18 pm - Reply

        Yup and no matter how many times you tell it to allow you to post no dice. Talk about stealth blocking ohhhh you can’t post anything about Israel that’s critical of them. Then they wonder why so many people hate using facebook!

  3. James July 5, 2021 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    This seemed to get through to farcebook ok:
    “Why is James Cleverly refusing to talk about UK weapons being used against Palestinians?” FARCEBOOK doesn’t seem to like this link – can’t think why, unless FARCEBOOK is acting as a wholly owned subsidiary of the extreme right-wing Israeli government. Let’s see if the slightly modified link gets through; just replace the (dot) with a .

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