My letter in the STANDARD: 'Standing by Egypt'
We are concerned about the inclusion of key members of the 'security'/'intelligence' apparatus prominently in the reshuffled Egyptian government, when what is really needed is a swift and clear promise of democracy.
The Cairo protests are being echoed all over the Middle East, and reflect an approaching state of change across the region. We call on our government to exert the strongest possible economic and diplomatic pressure on the Egyptian regime for it to refrain from treating protesters with violence and brutality. and to set a timetable for Mubarak to step aside to allow the holding of free and fair elections. These are the protesters main demands.
It should be made clear to Mr Mubarak that unless he steps aside and allows such elections he will become diplomatically and economically isolated. In this way we can help strengthen the hands of those that seek a swift democratic solution in Egypt.
Unless and until our government takes up a strong stance such as this, then we call on readers to pressurise our government... Readers can make clear their solidarity by signing up to stand by Egypt at https://secure.avaaz.org/en/democracy_for_egypt/?vl and by letting their MPs / the government know how they feel, as we have done.