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The FCO has a long and fairly consistent track record of not actually give a crap about British nationals locked up in foreign jails, especially if we do a large amount of business with them.

The FCO sees itself as existing to boost the interests of the British state by facilitating British trade, preferably arms. We do grubby deals with all sorts of disgusting dictators and tyrants, because that's how business is done by Great Britain plc. We don't have to hold our noses cos we're one of the dirtiest around.

And we do an awful lot of trade with China and absolutely nobody is government is gonna do anything to disrupt that. So if some mentally unbalanced peasant has to die, well so be it.

And, being honest, I don't see the EU rocking the boat either.

It might not be the way we want our countries to behave, but it's what they do and they've been doing it a long long time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Dec 29th, 2009 at 11:56:33 AM EST

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