Take a stand against torture
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