'Britain’s trade with the Arab world is immense, and their financial investment in our economy is massive. Can we truly afford to ignore them in such a blatant manner? Is this remotely connected with racism, or perhaps a deliberate attempt from powerful lobbies to keep the British Arab voice silent? If that proves to be the case this practice of selective democracy is utterly shameful.'
—Quartet Chairman Naim Attallah on much-needed House of Lords reform