Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Criminal Conspiracy



A propos of Justice Minister Jack Straw’s shameful decision to veto the release of minutes that were taken in the Blair Cabinet meetings that led up to the invasion of Iraq, and HM Opposition's support for his decision, Mick Hall writes:

One would have expected today’s British newspapers to be full of this attempt by the Government and Tory opposition to deny the right of the British people to know what their politicians got up to in this vital period. Yet not one of the three main UK broadsheets carries this story on their front page.

The Times leads with a government powder-puff about forcing the train franchisees to cut fares. The Guardian led with a ‘may happen' tale about the “Fight against Terror spells end of privacy,” alongside a large photo of a statue of Betty’s mum, which this bastion of liberal democracy felt the need to repeat on page 5. The Daily Telegraph leads with Betty’s mum’s statue, plus what amounts to fillers about strokes linked to the number of cups of tea we drink; a piece of nonsense about savers withdrawing their cash as interest rates slide, and council tax being raised this April.

Not only should the papers have led with this story it was in the public interest that they did so.

It is becoming increasingly clear that there was a conspiracy between the leaders of the Labour government and the Conservative party to support Bush’s criminal adventure in Iraq. That this coalition is still in place became clear from the Conservative front bench’s behavior in the Commons yesterday.


Mick is absolutely right. Any real opposition would have made great political capital out of Jack Straw's shameful decision, as I pointed out yesterday. But in one-party Britain the one thing we do not have is a real opposition.

Iraq was a criminal conspiracy on a monster scale- one which has led to the deaths of up to 1m people. And the conspirators must not only be swept from the corridors of power, they must be held to answer for their crimes before a court of law.

Don't think it will ever be done? Don't be disheartened.

Remember, we are the many and they are the few.

It's about time we made our superior numbers count.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

'One would have expected today’s British newspapers to be full of this attempt by the Government and Tory opposition to deny the right of the British people to know what their politicians got up to in this vital period. Yet not one of the three main UK broadsheets carries this story on their front page'

Not so: this is what i would expect. The 'free press' serves the power elite. Its clear that the idea the govt is concealing crimes of its own would certainly bring modern 'democracy' into disrepute: and make possible real change as we see in Venezuela.

When wil people and journalists get it into their heads that most so-called democracies are NOT! They ignore the people and conceal from the people govt criminal actions.

Brian

Roland Hulme said...

The problem is that the Labour Party and the Tory party have exactly the same agenda, so no wonder they're not fighting about it.

If we had a true two party system, maybe the British government would have had to listen to the will of the people about Iraq, instead of just doing whatever the damn well pleased.

Although the fact is, it's the total apathy of the British voter that's to blame. They've disenfranchised themselves.

Anonymous said...

What would Cicero say?

Neil Clark said...

brian: good post. I think more and mroe people are waking up to the fact that we don't live in a democracy in Britain.
roland: good post. could it be that people's apathy is caused, in part at least, by the fact that the main parties are all advocating the same policies?

Anonymous said...

I think we should be tough on Jack Straw and tough on the causes of Jack Straw.

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