Take a look at the evidence and you’ll see that the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Salman, has been invited to the UK because the UK supports corruption and human rights abuses, and not in spite of the nation’s opposition to those scourges.
That doesn’t make these people wrong:
Andrew Fisher sums up perfectly why I and many others will be opposing the state visit of the Saudi human rights abusers and maintaining the demand for sanctions against this brutal regime. @FisherAndrew79 https://t.co/QU7wLOPeUe
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) August 22, 2023
It’s just that, next to them we have to put the following:
So the Met confirm that they will take no further action following their investigation into The Prince's Trust despite the fact that a Saudi businessman was offered honors in return for a case full of cash.
I honestly don't know who's more fucking bent the Met or the Monarchy.
— Julie Street 🐟 🇪🇺💙💛🇺🇦 (@Juliest101) August 21, 2023
It’s a reference to this story, apparently:
The chief executive of a Prince of Wales charity co-ordinated with "fixers" over honours for a billionaire Saudi donor, an investigation ordered by the charity has found.https://t.co/UKt1IFsynz
— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) December 2, 2021
If we had any trust in the police, a decision not to take further action would indicate that there was no truth in the accusation.
But we don’t trust the police – particularly not the Met. Here’s a reminder of some of our reasons:
With the latest accusation against the Metropolitan police, @OwenJones84 is spot on – this shouldn't be dismissed as just another one off.
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) August 23, 2023
It is the reason the following exclamation seems entirely reasonable:
What is the point of having a king if there are credible accusations of CORRUPTION against him and the Establishment sweeps them under the carpet?
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 21, 2023
From the (current) King to a former prime minister – Tony Blair. His organisation continued to receive funding from – and work for – Mohamed bin Salman after he was accused of having ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi:
Almost all of the international ‘centre left’ Third Way leaders are now multimillionaires (while they presided over stagnant wages and growing income inequality for everyone else), but of them all by far the most brazen, craven and greedy is Tony Blair. https://t.co/HUU9ndT3lr
— Joe Guinan (@joecguinan) August 12, 2023
With top-level endorsement like this, it seems clear that representatives of Saudi Arabia are welcome in the UK, no matter what they do.
Talk by UK politicians about opposing human rights abuses is exactly that: just talk.
The United Kingdom is a haven for totalitarian rulers and rights abusers – and will remain that way as long as we continue to allow the lowest kind of vermin to infest our corridors of power.
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