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Labour will make Britain a force for good – the Tories would take us to war 13 May 2017 10:17 #2498

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Emily Thornberry

Good foreign policy means good ethics but Conservatives cosy up to Saudi, Bahrain and Donald Trump. Under Labour that would change
Robin Cook



Thursday 11 May 2017 20.40 BST

Twenty years ago today, within the ornate golden walls of the foreign office’s Locarno room, Robin Cook set out the incoming Labour government’s mission statement on foreign policy. He committed Labour to protect national security through Nato, to promote exports, and to prioritise the environment. Then, introducing his fourth objective, Cook said: “Labour does not accept that political values can be left behind when we check in our passports.” He added: “Our foreign policy must have an ethical dimension, and must support the demands of other peoples for the democratic rights on which we insist for ourselves.”

Last week, in a similar setting at the state department, Rex Tillerson – Cook’s modern-day American counterpart – defined his own mission. “It is really important,” he said, “that all of us understand the difference between policy and values. Freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated – those are our values, not our policies.” An over-emphasis on values, he explained, “creates obstacles to our ability to advance on our national security [and] economic interests.”

Where Cook saw promoting human rights as indivisible from protecting national security and prosperity, Tillerson sees them as irreconcilable.

Full Report Here;
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/11/labour-britain-foreign-policy-donald-trump
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