Police Federation: Labour has ‘sold its soul’ over Libya deals
Remember Robin Cook’s Sermon in the Foreign Office – a mission statement preached by the righteous foreign secretary setting out the Government’s ‘moral responsibility’ to ensure Britain’s security, prosperity, quality of life, and ‘the promotion of our values and confidence in our identity’?
He said that ‘our foreign policy must have an ethical dimension and must support the demands of other peoples for the democratic rights on which we insist for ourselves’. He promised: ‘The Labour Government will put human rights at the heart of our foreign policy.’
The objective was to ‘increase respect, understanding and goodwill for Britain among nations as well as governments’.
After the alleged tawdry, undignified and amoral policies of the Major years, which culminated in the Scott inquiry into ‘Arms to Iraq’, Mr Cook set out a moral crusade to supply ‘an ethical content to foreign policy (which) recognises that the national interest cannot be defined only by narrow realpolitik’.
And so his moralpolitik was the project ‘to make Britain once again a force for good in the world’.
And a force for good is a force for God.
But it seems Satan has once again interfered, for it has been revealed that trade was ‘a very big part’ of the talks that led to the prisoner deal with Libya for the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw at least possesses the virtue of honesty.
Yet the admission left one with the distinct impression that Gordon Brown’s denials that there was any such trade-off were nothing but lies.
How could it be in the national interest to exchange the ‘respect, understanding and goodwill’ of the United States of America for that of Libya?
Oil for prisoners is bad enough, but the revelation that this degenerate Labour Government has exchanged oil for justice is the final nail in the coffin for the rotting corpse of Labour’s ethical foreign policy.
When justice is traded, it is extinguished. A state without justice is neither well-ordered nor good. Justice is the bond of civilisation, a quality of soul by virtue of which men set aside the irrational desire to taste every pleasure and obtain a selfish satisfaction out of every object. It is the cure for all evils, for it shields the weak, defends the oppressed and advocates on behalf of the voiceless.
So the revelation that Justice Secretary Jack Straw traded the justice owed to PC Yvonne Fletcher for liquid black Mammon is not only morally repugnant: it is the foreign policy of the nether regions of hell.
Britain no longer has an ethical foreign policy for there is no moral government. And a sure sign that righteousness has departed is the deal agreed by Jack Straw that the killer of PC Yvonne Fletcher 25 years ago would not be brought to justice in Britain.
How can the Justice Secretary perpetrate and defend injustice?
Paul McKeever, the Chairman of the Police Federation, spoke on behalf of 140,000 police officers when he said he was ‘shocked, appalled and disgusted’ that the UK agreed the murderer could go on trial in Tripoli.
And the rest of the nation shares his disgust.
Yvonne Fletcher’s family, friends and work colleagues had an expectation that some day her killer would face and English court and be tried in accordance with the principles of English justice; a hope that justice might be done and be seen to be done.
Justice is supposed to flow like a river.
Now we know it has been sold for an undisclosed sum.
So, if anyone wishes to assassinate and murder the British people in cold blood, please make sure your citizenship belongs to a very wealthy, oil-producing nation that wishes to expand production using the knowledge and expertise of a powerful British multi-national.
The Government will then bow down, roll over and kiss the hem of your thoub.