" when I was first a member of parliament there was a view in foreign policy that you dealt with countries on the basis of whatever they did in their own country was up to them . I think what we are learning today is that there is not stability of any true long term kind without democratic rights for free people to decide their government. That does not mean to say we try and interfere with every state round the world but it does mean that there has been a shift in the thinking that is informing our view of how we make progress. The people want the freedom. What we recognise today is that we are not going to have our security unless they get that freedom . Democracy is something that should unite us whatever political position we have."