I am in Morocco for the Friends of Syria meeting. I am pleased that the US has recognised the Syrian opposition, in concert with the UK's previously-extended recognition. We must work together with both regional and international powers to combat the Assad regime and to offer support to the Syrian people.
While here, I have also been presented with the paperwork to remove Lord Mandelson from the no-fly list. DEFRA writes to say that he has been cured of his lycanthropy and is officially deemed human again and no longer a threat.
There are those who would scoff at such a claim, and assert that once a sub-human, always a sub-human. And I am wary of the idea that a complete cure is possible - the scientific literature indicates that "cures" are incredibly rare and their aftermath under-studied. I have written to DEFRA to say that while I am acquiescing to their request to remove Lord Mandelson from the no-fly list, I trust that they are continuing to monitor Lord Mandelson's condition. Should a relapse occur, I am far from certain we could rely on Lord Mandelson to do the honourable thing and turn himself in to care. Not because of his political allegiance - I hope that I may consider myself beyond such partisan considerations - but because an animal brought to bay will protect itself above all others.
Nonetheless, I am glad that DEFRA believes that Lord Mandelson has been cured. It is a good moment for the world when science makes it possible to begin to put some of the horrors of the past behind us, and an enlightened government indeed that is able to quash its own reactionary elements and elemental fears to do the humane and compassionate thing. As long as Lord Mandelson's condition continues to be monitored, I am proud to be a part of a government that will allow him to fly. No longer are we in the days when sub-humans were simply shot upon being identified. We are a modern party and a modern government, unlike the last; Lord Mandelson will be free to visit Corfu again, should he desire, or to roam freely across the wild wastes of Siberia. Labour would have locked him in a camp and, were he cured, locked him away to experiment on him in an attempt to produce the cure more widely. We have set him free.
I have signed the paperwork. Perhaps I should send a copy to Lord Mandelson himself. Goodwill is important, wherever one finds it.
- The Assad regime and other international threats