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Why can’t our Prime Minister answer our questions?

Posted: October 28, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Political Evolution

Not only was today a victory for Jeremy Corbyn, but it was a victory for the people of Britain. We have a government that is doing all it can to take part in the distribution of wealth. A distribution of taking from the poorest and most needy, and giving it to the wealthiest and most greedy. They call this Austerity. They say that our country has to save money, they say that we are living beyond our means, they say that they have to make ‘hard decisions’ in order to help our country. Lies, deception and utter greed. Their first attempt to institute this upwards distribution of wealth was the tax credit cuts that were unjustly pushed through the commons and amazingly defeated in the Lords. This was obviously a way of punishing the working poor for being poor. However, after the defeat of this bill by the peers, the…

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Blair has been exposed, but who will bring him down?
Yvonne Ridley Friday, 23 October 2015 15:56

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Thanks to an old memo, the world now knows that Tony Blair was preparing to go to war in Iraq a year before the actual invasion and long before any dodgy dossiers were spawned by his Downing Street propagandists. The emergence of the 2002 document penned by the then US Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George W Bush is proof positive of Blair’s intentions and confirms the suspicions of many.

The memo also exposes further the web of lies and deceit that were woven by the British prime minister and members of his inner circle when he was in office. Alarmingly, though, the incendiary memo appears not to have been seen by Iraq inquiry chair Sir John Chilcot. If the Chilcot Inquiry team appears not to have known of its existence it begs us to ask a very simple question: how many other incriminating documents are being withheld or remain unseen?

Powell apparently informed the US president in March 2002 that “Blair will be with us” on Iraq. It was a full 12 months before “shock and awe” was unleashed on the Iraqi people. During the interim weeks and months Blair assured everyone in Britain that he was pursuing every possible diplomatic solution and kept demanding that all Saddam had to do was hand over the weapons of mass destruction that he didn’t actually have.

A spokesman for the Iraq inquiry has refused to say whether the memo’s existence was known but since Chilcot and his team have been given little access to US government files, it seems unlikely. Furthermore, the emergence of the memo could be used as an excuse to delay the publication of the six-year-old inquiry report even further.

In the meantime, the memo gives under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a chance to flex his muscles and move to suspend Blair from the party. While the Blairites sitting in the House of Commons would be appalled by the move, it would be welcomed by the rest of the party faithful, new members and, perhaps, even many non-Labour voters.

Corbyn said that he would apologise for the Iraq war if elected as leader; a move to strip Blair of party membership would show that he means business. Ironically, Tony Blair would not be the first to be expelled from Labour over Iraq, for he expelled George Galloway, the then MP for Glasgow Kelvin, in October 2003, allegedly for comments about the war.

Someone who is prepared to hammer yet another nail into Blair’s political coffin is Alex Salmond, Scotland’s former First Minister and now the Scottish National Party’s foreign affairs spokesman in Westminster. He says that the leaked memo shows clearly that the former prime minister backed military action a year before seeking a vote in the British parliament and long before the diplomatic efforts at the UN were exhausted.

“The memo contradicts claims from Blair that all that time he had been seeking diplomatic ways to avoid an invasion,” said Salmond. “It also adds weight to the evidence given by Sir Christopher Meyer, the former UK ambassador to the United States – to the Chilcot Inquiry – that the military timetable and preparation for invasion took precedence over any diplomacy and specifically over the timetable for the weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix.”

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