After Theresa May authorised targeted military strikes in Syria without seeking Parliament’s approval, the Prime Minister has received a mixed response. One group particularly angry about recent events are Stop the War. The anti-war campaign group – of which Jeremy Corbyn is a supporter – gathered this evening to demonstrate against the government response.
Only Mr S isn’t sure the demonstration will win everyone round to their way of thinking. In an interview with Paul Brand for ITV news, one attendee explains why Assad – whose regime is thought to be behind the chemical attack which sparked the recent turn of events – is a good man. After all, he is a doctor:
PB: You believe Assad over Theresa May?
Attendee: I do, yes
PB: You believe a murder over the Prime Minister of Britain?
A: He’s not a murderer, he’s a president of a country for god’s sake.
PB: So he hasn’t murdered anyone then?
A: What do you mean? Personally, no. But Theresa May gave the order to bomb Syria without anyone’s say so
PB: Is President Assad responsible for the deaths in Syria of his own people.
A: No he’s not – the Opposition is and Britain is and France is and America is
PB: Is President Assad a good person?
A: Yes he is. He’s a very good man and he’s a doctor for heaven’s sake.
Tonight's Stop the War demo in Westminster contains a mix of many views:
– Those who think bombing never helps
– Those who think the PM should have asked MPs first
– But also, those who think Assad is a 'good man' because 'he's a doctor'. pic.twitter.com/1HrBFg2An5
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) April 16, 2018
No word on whether this rule applies for Harold Shipman.