The PM needs to shut her mouth on the Israeli passport case. Her government’s actions in effectively leaking that the persons charged are thought to be Mossad spies, does actually raise real issues around a fair trial.
The Government is obviously trying to emulate Tony Blair with a strategy along the lines of we will not name them as spies, but we will confirm to anyone asking that we have complained to the Israeli Government about them.
Clark has declared that the Israelis will get a fair trial. Well Helen, you are not the Judge who determines such matters, and in fact it is your government which is creating the situation.
The Government should have refused to comment at all on this issue. Instead we have had Clark saying that once the trial is over, she’ll be having plenty to say to Israel on the issue, which is about as subtle as Trevor Mallard with rugby world cup negotiations.