The BBC is reporting that "The government has insisted it will not make a ransom payment to Somali pirates who have kidnapped a British couple."
With the utmost respect to the poor unfortunate couple at the centre of this latest 'ransom demand' is it at all surprising that the government will not pay a 'ransom'? After all, it is not as if they are a quango, ngo, 'fake charity', an MP or similar 'deserving cause', is it?
Is it not about time that one of the governments who are 'responsible' for one/some of the hostages told the President of Somalia that 'Either you sort this out, or we will come in and do it for you'?
If that is too 'macho' for some - tough!