‘Alan Duncan is now facing an investigation. He is looking at a harsher punishment from the UK government for criticising Israel, & colleagues who are fervent allies of Israel, than the IDF will for killing 3 British nationals. We are an absolute joke.’ (Aaron Bastani)

Who is Sir Alan Duncan?

Sir Alan Duncan is a British Conservative politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rutland and Melton from 1992 to 2019. He was notable for his long-standing career in politics, serving in various governmental positions.

Here’s a summary of his career and notable points:

  1. Early Life and Education: Born on March 31, 1957, in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, Alan James Carter Duncan attended Harvard University and the University of Oxford.
  2. Political Career: Duncan entered politics and became a Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton in 1992. He held this position until he retired from politics in 2019.
  3. Government Positions: Duncan held several ministerial roles during his tenure. Notably, he served as Minister of State for International Development from 2010 to 2014 under Prime Minister David Cameron. He also served as Minister of State for Europe and the Americas from 2016 to 2019 under Prime Minister Theresa May.
  4. Conservative Party: Duncan was a prominent figure within the Conservative Party. He held various positions within the party, including serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from 2005 to 2009.
  5. Views and Controversies: Duncan was known for his outspoken nature and liberal views within the Conservative Party. He publicly supported LGBT rights and was one of the first openly gay Conservative MPs. He sometimes clashed with his party on issues such as Brexit and human rights.
  6. Retirement: In 2019, Duncan announced his retirement from politics and did not seek re-election. Following his retirement, he became a vocal critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his handling of Brexit.

Overall, Sir Alan Duncan is remembered as a dedicated Conservative politician who held significant ministerial positions and was known for his outspokenness and liberal views within the party.

Alan Duncan exposes the supporters of genocide in the Tory Party

The Tory Party responds

There is too much money to be made from murder

The British establishment is sick, and we must cure them.

Civil Servants want nothing to do with Tory arms sales

Civil servants overseeing arms exports to Israel have requested to “cease work immediately” over fears they could be complicit in war crimes in Gaza. Officials in the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) have raised concerns with senior civil servants that they may be liable if it is deemed Israel has broken international law.

In correspondence, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents civil servants, has requested an urgent meeting with the department to discuss “the legal jeopardy faced by civil servants who are continuing to work on this policy.”. The letter, sent on Wednesday, said: “Given the implications for our members, we believe there are ample grounds to immediately suspend all such work. We therefore request that you meet with us urgently to discuss this matter and cease work immediately.”

The correspondence shows the PCS has been asking the government for its legal advice on arming Israel since January, when a preliminary ruling from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found Israel’s acts in Gaza could amount to genocide. A response to the union dated 13 March said “the question of criminal liability for civil servants is very unlikely to arise”. However, the department said it can’t share the legal advice it is receiving as it is “confidential”.

Labour MP John McDonnell, a founding member of the PCS union group in parliament, said the government must “come clean”. “These civil servants should not be put at risk. The Rome Statute covering war crimes makes it clear that following a superior’s instructions is not a defence when it comes to charges of war crimes. The government must come clean on the legal advice they have.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has come under growing pressure to suspend arms sales to Israel after three British aid workers were killed in an airstrike on Monday. Last night, a letter signed by more than 600 lawyers, including former Supreme Court justices, warned the UK is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel.

Douglas James

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