On Not Being a Princess 80


Dominic Raab and numerous Tory MPs never showed the slightest concern when British bombs and missiles supplied to the United Arab Emirates killed thousands of Yemeni women and children. Those bombs and missiles were dropped and fired from British planes with British trained pilots, maintained by British engineers, and often acting in concert with British special forces secretly deployed in Yemen. The Tories roared all this on as excellent for British exports and the balance of payments. I am quite certain Dominic Raab could not name a single woman or child we have killed in Yemen.

But he knows the name of Princess Latifa because, well she is a Princess. The Royal Family of Dubai are close mates with our Royal Family and seen at all the best racecourses. They are good allies of the USA and Israel and can be depended on to fund the extermination of Shia minorities pretty well anywhere, which is helpful in keeping Iran weak (though Tories are less good at explaining just why Iran is viewed as our enemy, and the sponsors of 9/11, Al Qaeda, ISIS etc as our friends. We are simply meant to take that as read – indeed querying this doctrine brings massive mainstream derision).

I sincerely hope Princess Latifa is still alive and can be rescued. The difficulty is that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he of the seven wives and innumerable concubines, has so many children that he can do away with a few and hardly notice. That this monstrous creature continues to be feted by London from the Palace and No. 10 down, really does give a very good indication of just how low the UK has fallen, and why it is time for the UK to end.

There are thousands of ordinary Emirati women whose oppression has been worse and lives have tragically often been cut shorter than that of Princess Latifa. This sudden concern for human rights has not extended very far “down” into them. The millions of imported workers, many from Pakistan, who have built and sustained the elite lifestyle of the shiny and soulless monstrosity for the rich that is modern Dubai, have never received any of the concern for Princess Latifa. They have toiled in conditions of slavery, died of unsafe construction practices, and thousands of female domestic workers have been subjected to what amounts to systemic mass rape by Dubai employers.

But then, none of them are Princesses.

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80 thoughts on “On Not Being a Princess

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  • laguerre

    Yes, it is bizarre that Maktoum has been able to get away with saying she is safe in the family, without any proof at all that she is still alive, or has been blinded like her sister. Maktoum seems to me a very sinister personality. Pressure needs to be kept up on him to produce her. And I do hope he is given the cold shoulder at Ascot, and he stays away.

  • mark golding

    UN data shows about 13.5 million Yemenis currently face acute food insecurity, including 16,500 people living in famine-like conditions.

    There are no villains or heroes in this catastrophe, only sufferers. Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, France, and all other stakeholders have equally contributed to this apocalypse creating a dystopian world in the country of Yemen where humanity is buried deep under the debris of carpet-sweeping bombing that has become a routine lifestyle of surviving Yemeni women and children.

    The UK have turned a blind eye to the issue and Britain continues to bring Yemen to the verge of a collapse.

    • laguerre

      “There are no villains or heroes in this catastrophe,”

      Sure there are villains. The main one is MbS, Muhammad b. Salman. It was a war of choice, it didn’t need to be launched. That even before US and UK support for the attack and occupation.

  • Peter Colledge

    Spot on Craig. There’s something significant about royalty. Even a prince stopping doing something is the top news story on BBC News.

    • nevermind

      yes shedding tears for a 99 year old in hospital, more trivia to divert from the real story of what company one keeps. Today;s papers are full of Islamophobic and pseudo antisemitism, on how Israel is recharging its economy, how everyone who had their jabs gets a passport and those without will be refused entry to shops, gyms and cinema’s’
      How he will get Palestinian to work for them when they point blank refuse to give vaccines to Gaza and the few enclaves of the west bank they as yet have not bulldozed or taken over.
      I think Saudi Arabia should be refused access to international bodies such as the UN, they should be barred from peace talks in Genevra, if they are unable to stop their bombing of civilians Iin Yemen and Bahrain. These despots who have enslaved Commonwealth citizens in abysmal accommodations, regardless of the pandemic, to build their glitzy sports arenas, at a very high death toll to Pakistani’s and Indians, should be sanctioned worldwide.
      No more monthly wiski and luxury goods flights, put an end to these hypocrites. As for the ruling classes here who think its OK to ignore peace and keep selling bombs, should be internationally vilified and sanctioned,just as we are sanctimoniously putting sanctions on Myanmar generals.
      Thanks for highlighting Raab’s pathetic outbursts for what they are, Craig, vacuous bellicose emissions designed to make out that a rabid cabiney cares about human rights, as long as you can forget about it after 3 days.

  • 6033624

    Imagine if the Mafia ran our government – now stop imagining. There’s literally no difference except maybe that by comparison The Mafia are rank amateurs.

  • Fwl

    I see Craig’s point. Still when one sees such treatment to those at the top then people can intuit how much worse it might be for those lower down. Even if they are not told.

    The idea that a country should be broken because one doesn’t like how it behaves is imperialist. If we behave badly we must try to make amends not cut ourselves up. If Scotland were independent and misbehaved should it also divide itself up into Lowland and Highland?

  • Dave

    Our rulers are willing to kill a million to save a child’s life. What, you don’t agree with saving a child’s life?

    What this means is our rulers will promote a virtue to inflict a vice aka R2P and humanitarian destruction of defenceless countries to save lives. It’s double-speak that can be deployed when the MSM hold the megaphone and when challenged you are accused of not wanting to save a life, as they ignore the cost of saving that life aka they are mass murders, but if you object you are a murderer too.

    This is why in practice you can’t have an ethical foreign policy, as vested interests get in the way. I suppose you need ethical vested interests instead.

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