David Cameron indirectly called around 20 million Britons 'terrorist sympathisers'

Louis Dor
Wednesday 02 December 2015 10:20

David Cameron told Conservative MPs to vote for air strikes in Syria last night, calling those opposed to military intervention “a bunch of terrorist sympathisers”.

The prime minister told a meeting of the 1922 committee, prior to a House of Commons debate and vote on military intervention in Syria against Isis, that they “should not be walking through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers”.

A YouGov poll for The Times, conducted between 30 November and 1 December, found that 31 per cent of British adults disapprove of RAF air strikes against Isis in Syria.

Or as David Cameron sees this chart:

Or, given that the poll is statistically representative, we can assume that David Cameron just labelled roughly 20 million people in the UK as terrorist sympathisers.

There is obviously a difference between approving of an action and supporting an action. There are very few people who want to bomb Syria - but we think you get the point about generalisations we're making here.

MPs will debate for ten and a half hours today before a late vote, in which Jeremy Corbyn has given his Labour MPs a free vote.

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