Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Gordon should meet the Dalai Lama, but take no lectures from Malcolm Rifkind
Of course, Gordon Brown should meet the Dalai Lama. And he should make clear to China what we think of their suppression of Tibetan dissent. But he should take no lectures on ethical foreign policy from Sir Malcolm Rifkind, defence secretary (1992-5) and foreign secretary (1995-7), who was sounding off (20 minutes into clip) on the Today programme this morning. Here's a reminder of Sir Malcolm and Lord Hurd's ethical foreign policy in action (result: at least 100,000 Bosnian deaths, and well over a million displaced people). And here's another. Perhaps the Today programme's selectively combative interviewers could spend as much time reminding pontificating ex-Tory ministers of their role in allowing these events to happen, as they do stamping on the jargon of children's ministers?