Ahh the M25 junction 5, how I love it! Still this travelling means I can listen to Today and shout at the radio. This morning's bizarre argument came from the acting Lib Dem leader Vince Cable about the visit of King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia. Cable lambasted the Saudi regime for its gross dictatorship and general nastiness which was absolutely right of course but the proceeded to say that what should be upheld is the rule of law in relation to corruption allegations and BAE upon which the serious fraud investigation was halted.
The bizarre part of the argument for me comes in this notion of the rule of law, for it was the rule of law upon which the Lib Dems opposed the overthrow of a totalitarian secretive vicious regime in Iraq. Call me a neocon if you must but how exactly can one oppose a regime in strong moral terms and the equally stand by and say that the same moral argument does not apply to Iraq and Saddam Hussein. The positions seem entirely contradictory to me.
Surely one can either oppose all forms of nastiness and human oppression by dictatorship or you don't, otherwise the claim for the moral highground looks weak? The position of the Lib Dems, and others for that matter seems to be that dictatorship is bad unless we might be breaking the law in which case sod the poor bastards having their toenails extracted by the people we denounce. These are strange times it seems.
Now I really am going to a meeting.