They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Iraq: Brown to acknowledge public anger - not personal guilt

As the Prime Minister's last band of supporters prepares to rally round the Chancellor, Brown spent the weekend finalising his pitch to the nation in which he will pledge to boost the role of Parliament, downgrade the status of political advisers and acknowledge the public's anger the Iraq war. Link

db: The voting ( record of Gordon Brown speaks for itself. No amount of Brownite spin can change the fact that this 'highly principled' man stood shoulder to shoulder with Blair during the run up to the Iraq war - at which time the British public were hoodwinked by a Neo-Labour/SIS conspiracy which successfully gained parliamentary and to a lesser degree public support for an illegal [see Kofi Annan statement] attack on Iraq. And now, four years later, Gordon above promises to 'acknowledge the public's anger' - might that be the anger the public feels over being lied to by a PM and a cabinet in which he was a leading member? Or perhaps he wants to acknowledge the anger felt at the sheer scale of violent death visited upon that country - probably more than 600,000 civilians alone, not to mention over 140 British troops.

Really, Gordon needs to do much more than 'acknowledge' the anger of the British electorate. Back in 2003 he was probably 'acknowledging' the mass demonstrations against the war. What is required from Gordon Brown - and the other members of Neo-Labour's war cabinet - is personal accountability.

How Gordon Brown voted on key issues since 2001:

* Moderately for introducing a smoking ban. votes, speeches
* Strongly for introducing ID cards. votes, speeches
* Very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals. votes, speeches
* Very strongly for introducing student top-up fees. votes, speeches
* Moderately for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes, speeches
* Very strongly for the Iraq war. votes, speeches
* Moderately against investigating the Iraq war. votes, speeches
* Moderately for the fox hunting ban. votes, speeches