Global conflict 

Commonwealth v UN and a bankrupt culture of impunity

This week, 53 Commonwealth heads of government are meeting in London for their biennial conference. Cue attacks on the Commonwealth as a useless relic of discredited imperialism and supine monarchism.

The Commonwealth is attractive to countries that are not aggressive but value freedom and security. The UN is morally bankrupt. It is not fit for purpose. It never will be while it treats human rights abusers as legitimate members and allows them to operate with impunity.

What we need instead is a United Democratic Nations which treats dictators as pariahs. Given that’s not going to happen any time soon, however, the Commonwealth is probably as good as it gets.

To read my whole Times column, please click here.

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