The newspapers are having a field day criticising King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia's visit. Whilst I'm no fan of his, I find the hypocrisy of these human rights activists and journalists astonishing. Yes, their accusations against Saudi Arabia are all perfectly true, but why oh why do they keep up the pretence that somehow the United Kingdom and it's government are better and thus that they should somehow be disappointed with it's position? Do they really expect any better or that they themselves are better? It takes two to tango or have they forgotten the history of their own country? Apart from "Empire" and it's racism there is also the apalling tradition of undermining governments in Africa and the Middle East and more recently, the invasion of Iraq, the stance on US "rendition", the fact Britain is a major weapons manufacturer and exporter, it's outrageous and criminal support of Israel's 2006 attack in Lebanon and it's continued support for Israel's 'right to exist' and erasure of the Palestinians. I don't like King Abdullah, but please spare me the self righteous indignation.