Remember New Labour on the other hand has an ethical foreign policy (no really). The Foreign Office has since 1998 had a Death Penalty Panel comprised of the great and the good working to end this practice. Indeed the UK has ratified Protocol 13 of the ECHR, banning the use of the death penalty in all circumstances, including time of war. Every year at the United Nations the UK co-sponsors the annual EU resolution on the death penalty at the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
So has Britain’s Foreign Secretary made any “demarches” or representations to the Iraqi government? No, on the contrary, Beckett revels in victor’s justice:
I welcome that Saddam Hussein and the other defendants have faced justice and have been held to account for their crimes… It is right that those accused of such crimes against the Iraqi people should face Iraqi justice.
So much for principle…