War against Terrorism

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:47 pm on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 3:47 pm, 4th November 2004

My hon. Friend is making a typically thoughtful speech. I certainly agree that trying to export a Westminster or even US-style democracy to all parts of the world is a huge mistake, but does he not think that some of the basic democratic principles—rule of law, freedom of speech, some kind of representative governance—are important, and that if they were to take hold in other parts of the word by whatever means, the world would be a better place?