Take a stand against tor­ture

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Bri­tain should take the lead in op­pos­ing tor­ture.

Like many peo­ple, I have con­sid­er­able reser­va­tions re­gard­ing Don­ald Trump’s abil­ity to be an ef­fec­tive pres­i­dent of the USA.

Of course we have to re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Amer­i­can elec­torate.

How­ever, I strongly sup­port the po­si­tion of Alis­tair Carmichael, Scot­tish Lib Dem MP, who has called on Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters to take the lead in con­demn­ing the use of tor­ture or wa­ter­board­ing and to make it clear to Pres­i­dent Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion that a return to us­ing tor­ture by the USA would lead to a with­drawal of shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence with them.

Dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign not only did Don­ald Trump sup­port the use of tor­ture but, as he said, some­thing “a hell of a lot worse”.

The UK has al­ways led the world with our op­po­si­tion to tor­ture. In re­cent years by co­op­er­at­ing with ren­di­tion and the use of tor­ture we stained our own rep­u­ta­tion. That now needs to be re­paired.

We should re­mind our MPs, min­is­ters and lead­ers that there is no oc­ca­sion where tor­ture is in any way ac­cept­able. Fin­lay Craig, Shore Road, Cove

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