Perhaps it’s time to switch off the Saudi oil pump

Brutality and censorship in Saudi Arabia is legendary. This news is therefore unsurprising:

A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in this country after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.

It’s ironic, though, that Britain gives asylum to this man while the British government works closely with the Kingdom. As Robert Fisk wrote a few years ago:

The sad, awful truth is that we fete these people, we fawn on them, we supply them with fighter jets, whisky and whores.

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