At yesterdays Prime Ministers Questions, Theresa May was questioned over the war in Yemen by Andrew Mitchell whose question articulates very well why this is such a terrible issue. Her role as Prime Minister has overseen 2/3 of the period of the war during which time our Government has continued to support the Saudi Government as it has murdered and maimed many thousands of civilians and due to the war many more have died as a result of a major famine and many illnesses. Before this as Home Secretary she would have had an opportunity to influence the actions of David Cameron. Our support has been the blatant sales of Billions of Pounds of weapons and a failure to in any way challenge this nation which we claim to be our ally. The pathetically weak response she made to Andrew Mitchell referring to Alistair Burt who should be equally ashamed of his response displays how weak and inadequate our Government is:
AM: “Following the welcome call overnight from the American Administration for the ending of the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, will my right hon. Friend use Britain’s undoubted authority at the United Nations to press for a new Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire and meaningful and inclusive negotiations, to end what is the worst and most terrifying humanitarian catastrophe on the planet?”
TM: “I thank my right hon. Friend, who I know has been consistent in pressing on the needs of the people of Yemen. We certainly back the US’s call for de-escalation in Yemen. He references our role in the United Nations Security Council. In fact, in March we proposed and co-ordinated a UN Security Council presidential statement, which called on the parties to agree steps towards a ceasefire. That remains our position, but as the Minister for the Middle East, my right hon. Friend the Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt), said in the House yesterday, “a nationwide ceasefire will have an effect on the ground only if it is underpinned by a political deal between the conflict parties.” My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed that matter last night with Martin Griffiths, the UN special envoy. They agreed that the UK will continue to encourage all parties to agree to de-escalation and to a lasting political deal that will ensure that any ceasefire will hold in the long term.”
It is clearly a useful reaction to the death of one journalist but it is far too little and far too late and we deserve a better Government than we have!