UK Politics

The All-Party British-North Korea Parliamentary Group

Speaking of North Korea, can anyone explain the meaning and significance of the All-Party British-North Korea Parliamentary Group and other all-party parliamentary groups of that ilk?

The stated purpose is to “engage in dialogue with the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; to develop links between parliamentarians in both countries; and to foster democracy and democratic institutions.”

The first two parts of the purpose seem to have no connection to the third part. By developing links with the single-party robotic rubber-stampers of what passes for a parliament in Pyongyang– as if it was somehow equivalent to the UK parliament– aren’t you undermining the very concept of democracy?

And does anyone know if the Keith Bennett who is an acolyte of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il is the same Keith Bennett providing “secretariat services” to the group– albeit “free of charge”?