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ALDE Congress passes UK Liberal Democrat motion calling for a halt to drone attacks

On 28th, 29th, and 30th Nov, the Annual Congress of European liberal parties in the European Parliament and beyond, (ALDE) met in London. The ‘pan-European’ liberal manifesto was agreed for the upcoming Euro elections, (no mean feat !), and several other resolutions were passed.

The UK Lib Dems had one motion on the agenda. This was an emergency motion on armed drone attacks, put forward following new on-the-ground data from the UN and others on civilians being killed, and following a European defence meeting which failed to address the illegality of the attacks, instead focusing on the capacity of ‘Europe’ to …

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LibLink…Paddy Ashdown: If you’re opposed to drones, then think again

In Liberal Democrat circles, when Barack Obama is discussed, it’s generally agreed that he’s doing a grand job except for the not insignificant matter of the extra-judicial killings and the use of unmanned drone attacks.

Paddy Ashdown has expressed a different view writing in today’s Times describing drones as the most “democratic” weapon ever invented.

As a lifelong peace-loving hippy, you’d expect that I would have been the first to head Paddy’s advice:

 war is a revolting practice and cannot be discussed without using revolting words. So the squeamish and those morally offended by all violence should look away now.

I didn’t, though. Partly …

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  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 1st Dec - 10:55am
    Merlene Emerson | Tue 1st December 2015 - 8:51 am Dual nationality is also an issue. The UK allows it. Therefore those taking up UK...
  • User AvatarDavid Pollard 1st Dec - 10:54am
    to Dave Orbison I would say read the Independent, Robert Fisk, James Cockburn, Jasmine Alibhi-Brown and Mark Steel.
  • User AvatarDavid Pollard 1st Dec - 10:51am
    Arguing about whether THREE British war planes should bomb Syria is Stupid. Listen to Corbyn. On this one he is right. Ask the questions:- Who...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 1st Dec - 10:44am
    Joe, I think there's a simple consequentialist argument for inaction. As you say yourself, it is not definitely possible to say what the long-term consequences...
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 1st Dec - 10:31am
    Hi David (again!) I would also add that members voted for coalition so if you think it was such a disaster (I don't) then surely...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 1st Dec - 10:25am
    "Europeans and Commonwealth citizens being treated differently is of course historic" And then there are non-EU, non-Commonwealth immigrants, who don't get to vote at all....