Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen Labour, Leyton and Wanstead 5:15 pm, 22nd May 2006

That sounds very good, but the hon. Gentleman is arguing for an excessive sentence—life—for people who are not putting other people's lives at risk, but in effect declaring the equivalent of a conscientious objection. The core of his opening argument was that if Parliament votes for it, it is all right. He is 150 years out of date. We now have international law and his attitude to that is cavalier, which is surprising, as the Liberals wanted us to be subject to EU law and supported all that EU involvement. Does he not recognise that international law is as important as ordinary law? The Serbian Parliament voted for war and said that if they voted for it, it must be all right. It was not all right.