BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Deserter life sentences 'inhuman': "Proposals for British soldiers to get life sentences for desertion have been criticised as 'inhuman and barbaric'.

John McDonnell led Labour backbench calls to scrap the life imprisonment provision of the Armed Forces Bill.

He argued the plan was part of a crackdown on soldiers opposed to the war in Iraq, but his proposal was later rejected by MPs by 442 votes to 19."

It should have been 0 votes to 461.

Life imprisonment for a soldier who refuses to go fight in a war they have a moral objection to?

We used to call countries that did that kind of thing nasty names like "fascist" and "dictatorial".

Now we're supposed to call them "home"?

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