Swire goes back to the Maldives

It is SO heartening to see Swire standing up for democracy … in the Maldives … again … and again … and again

“Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)


Hugo Swire: The recent extension of the state of emergency and the arrest of former President Gayoom and two Supreme Court judges has shown President Yameen tightening the grip in the Maldives and the further extinguishing of the democratic institutions there. Given the fact that at any one time there are literally thousands of British holidaymakers on those islands, and that until recently the Maldives…”

One thought on “Swire goes back to the Maldives

  1. Yes – and it’s a real pity that he doesn’t give the same level of concern to ensuring that democracy thrives in his own country.

    For example, hustings are an essential part of a democracy, but Hugo decided that he didn’t need to support that part of democracy in the last elections.

    Accountability is another keystone of democracy, but when people use the FACTS about his behaviour to call him to account, he calls them “vile and libellous” (but without providing any evidence for this accusation making it, somewhat ironically, libellous in its own right).

    Transparency is yet another cornerstone of democracy, but when Hugo blocks individuals who try to hold him to account (like myself and the Owl) from his Twitter feed, he is knocking democracy on its head.

    I am sure that if I examine Hugo Swire’s Parliamentary voting record, I would likely find several examples of him voting for proposals that would damage democracy…

    For example he voted against a Bill that would have required MPs to be transparent about how they spent taxpayer money in their expense claims.

    He voted for restricting the rights of charities to campaign on political matters affecting their work, and for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity, although he has done nothing to restrict the influence of ultra-rich Conservative Party donors.

    He voted for the Investigatory Powers Act (the Snoopers’ Charter) which was pitched as being necessary to fight terrorism, but introduces mass surveillance of the population whereby your phone records and web browsing history may be shared as a matter of course with organisations as diverse as the Food Standard Agency, the Gambling Commission, the Health & Safety Executive and the Welsh Ambulance Service who can then trawl through them to see if you have done anything “interesting” to them. These powers are likely to have a stifling effect on Freedom-of-Speech, another absolutely essential part of Democracy.

    So wouldn’t it be great if Hugo actually started to take his responsibilities to his own constituents more seriously and made our interests of equal or greater importance than those of citizens of the Maldives.


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