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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 AvatarCatherine Jane Crosland 24th Jan - 5:41am
    Lorenzo, Thank you. And you are absolutely right to say that the party does need to consult more with members and supporters to develope a...
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    Katharine Pindar, I certainly wasn't suggesting that our by-election candidates should just focus on local issues. A by-election should always be about national issues as...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 24th Jan - 1:16am
    This is interesting ! It is time for some polling and direct democracy in our party ! Online referendums and votes to take the views...
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    I would have so much love and respect for the Libdems if we could hear them say something along the lines..... Ok, the referendum result...
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    I think it very simple. You look at the opinion polls which consistently show that over 70% (in other words the vast majority of people)...
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    In that case, conference may have to call on the songwriting talents of the Bournemouth collective (they know who they are) to improve on the...