From daily The Independent in Britain:
Italy’s latest attempt to galvanise the world into rejecting the death penalty began when Marco Panella, an MEP and civil rights campaigner, went on hunger strike after hearing that Saddam Hussein was to be executed.
Abolishing capital punishment is one of the few issues on which all parties in Italy’s ruling centre-left coalition agree, and Mr Pannella’s campaign prompted Mr Prodi to take up the challenge of putting the proposal before the UN’s General Assembly.
But when his Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Massimo D’Alema, tried to obtain backing for the proposal at the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels last week, Britain shot it down.
British diplomats said privately that they did not wish to create difficulties for the United States at a delicate time and they did not believe it was possible to do it now.
Holland, Denmark and Hungary subsequently took the same view.
From Blairwatch: Tony Blair has been interviewed for a second time by police in relation to the cash for peerages scandal.