David Cameron has repeatedly refused to explain why the British government agreed to a “squalid” deal with Saudi Arabia, as the country prepares to behead and crucify a teenager for engaging in pro-democracy protests during the Arab Spring.
In an excruciating interview with Channel 4’s Jon Snow, the Prime Minister floundered for a response when questioned on the recently exposed secret deal with the Saudis to allow both nations’ election to the UN Human Rights Council in 2013.
“This sounds a bit squalid for one of the most human-rights-abusing regimes on earth,” Mr Snow comments. The PM claimed he would attempt to personally raise the case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a 17-year-old teenager arrested when he was 14 who faces the death penalty, but only if there was an “opportunity” with Saudi authorities. “We oppose the death penalty anywhere and everywhere in all our international contacts,” Mr Cameron added.
Asked three times by Mr Snow why – if Mr Cameron “completely disagreed” with the repressive state over their “punishment routines” as he claimed earlier – the UK had agreed to the deal with the Saudi government the PM claimed: “Well, I’ve answered the question.”
“Well, that isn’t an answer is it? I mean we have done a horrid deal,” Mr Snow responds.
Finally, the Conservative leader claimed it was because the British government has “a relationship with Saudi Arabia.”