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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 AvatarGlenn 26th Jun - 10:50am
    Mathew I understand what you are saying and agree with some of it. However. I would suggest that the deeper the pull of the EU...
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    It seems very clear that Britain should tell the EU that it is NOT starting the leaving the process. The new Prime Minister and his...
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    What amazes me is no political party had any plan for life after a leave vote. Not even pro-leave Tories! Was there really no little...
  • User AvatarPhilip Rolle 26th Jun - 10:42am
    Good article. We have to start by getting some of people who feel left behind into the House of Commons. You never know, some of...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 26th Jun - 10:33am
    This appears to be the 17th "wadda we going to do?" article in a row from a white man. Are there any other views?
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    We've already got PR in Scotland for non-Westminster elections. Don 't be too surprised if it's a case of, "No thanks, and goodbye England" in...