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What is less recognised is the way in which David Cameron’s Government decided, not without risk to the Conservatives’ electoral prospects in some key marginals, to withhold patronage and money from some Muslim organisations that, fitfully, had gained both under Labour.
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
British MPs voting for the recognition of Palestine would not transform ISIS into liberal consumers of Love your Garden or Strictly Come Dancing.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.