Hurrah for Vince! Vince Cable, our Acting Leader, is boycotting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia’s State visit. Quite right. Saudi’s record on human rights is abysmal – and whilst yes, we have to have business relations with Saudi – there is no need for them to be accorded the honour of a state visit.
Coming so soon on the back of the dropping of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into BAE and corruption at the behest of Saudi Arabia – this is not a very edifying part of our ethical dimension to foreign policy.