At the opening of the Two Kingdoms Dialogue between the two countries, Mr Howells told the audience that both the UK and Saudi Arabia respected each other's religious and political traditions and have common reason to work together for increased security.
Yup…. An example of those political traditions:
Human rights in Saudi Arabia are generally considered to be minimal or non-existent.. Under the authoritarian rule of the Saudi royal family, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enforced strict sharia religious laws under a doctrine of Wahabism. Many western freedoms as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights do not exist; it is alleged that capital punishment and other penalties are often given to suspected criminals without due process.
You can see why a Labour minister would respect that can’t you?
Especially when he has this sort of background:
Howells is the son of the late Glanville Howells, a Communist lorry driver, and of Joan Glenys Howells. A former Communist himself, he was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and raised in Penywaun near Aberdare in the Cynon Valley.
Speaking through an interpreter, the Saudi monarch said he believed most countries were not taking the issue seriously, "including, unfortunately, Great Britain".
Britain might have raised the 7th July bombers I’ll grant you. But isn’t Saudi Arabia responsible for bringing us this forward thinking voice of moderation?
Not doing enough to combat terrorism? You make me fucking larf…