Sunday, November 05, 2006

The British Government and the Death Penalty

Spot the Difference:

"We call upon all states to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and forever. 'We will continue to look for opportunities to encourage other governments to put in place a moratorium on the death penalty. We regret that countries continue to carry out death sentences... Together with our EU partners we will continue to work towards universal abolition."
FCO Minister, Ian McCartney, 10th October 2006


"Appalling crimes were committed by Saddam Hussein's regime. It is right that those accused of such crimes against the Iraqi people should face Iraqi justice,"
Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, 5th November 2006, as Saddam Hussein's death sentence is announced.


Perhaps the Prime Minister could clarify HM Government's exact position regarding the death penalty? Is it Mr McCartney's or Mrs Becketts? Could it be that Mr McCartney forgot to say "all states except Iraq?"

UPDATE: He obviously reads this blog............
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1940854,00.html

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