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When a genuinely extraordinary political decision is taken the consequences can often be telling.
Such decisions are not those usual ones that are predetermined or stage-managed, as are the stuff of any political system under the public gaze. They are instead the decisions that suddenly disturb and disrupt the settled practices of those with power; they are decisions the effects of which are often worth watching carefully.
Earlier this month, the UK prime minister David Cameron ordered that the Ministry of Justice should pull out of a bid to provide training services to the prisons of Saudi Arabia.
The exact basis of that decision is not yet clear.
But it was not one which the Saudis and their allies in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were expecting the UK government to make; indeed, the FCO had until then managed to oblige the MoJ to continue with the bid even though the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, was against it.
The Saudis are not happy with this decision, or about its significance.
The contract proposal itself was not big in the global scheme of things — just under £6m; it was more that the usual tactic of Saudis threatening to not “co-operate” unless they got their way did not work for once. >>>>> continued
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