29 January 2010

The inevitable Chilcot post

I really didn't want to get too caught up in Chilcot but I ended up listening to Blair all day on the radio at work..it was pretty dull, let's be honest, but I have a pretty clear image in my mind that I wish to share

Firstly, it seems clear after Sept 11th that Blair and Bush wanted rid of Saddam, despite there being no credible link between the two (that remains a rather bizarre, unanswered connection) - Blair seems to have shifted to the 'regime change' argument the yanks supported since 1998

The British would never accept regime change as a legal argument, unlike the Americans, therefore there needed to be an actual threat - to the Americans the regime is a valid threat in itself, as a yank advisor just pointed out on Newsnight, but the British and the UN would disagree

So Blair felt justified in removing Saddam - this is what he said all day, but the fact remained that the argument presented to us was WMD, this turned out to be false - to me this is crucial, in fact it's the only point that matters

Yes, Blair has to make decisions, and frankly had he supported regime change and said that in 2002/3 then I wouldn't have a problem, but the fact is he used the threat of WMD as the main argument, not the great regime change he talks about now - he stood up in parliament and said '45 minutes' and that the intelligence was 'beyond doubt'

Again, if the intelligence was simply wrong and we were all mistaken, fair enough - but it turns out that intelligence was at the time 'patchy and sporadic', and when we combine that with the testimony of Hans Blix, who never finished the inspection, and the fact that nobody really seems to have been keen on this action but 'president' Blair it seems increasingly obvious that WMD was a crock, and the intelligence simply wasn't strong enough for Blair to use as an excuse - he wanted regime change, he used a false argument, written by Alastair Campbell, quickly exposed by Andrew Gilligan

That's the issue here - we were taken to war on false pretences, for Blair to constantly say now 'Saddam's gone, we're better off' is completely beside the point, that wasn't why Parliament was asked to go to war

The only question that needs asking is did he genuinely believe in that so-called 'sexed up' dossier, or were we being deliberately misled to suit his ends?

I'm afraid Chilcot will not determine this, I doubt anyone ever will, but I do hope this is the end of over seven years of infernal debate about this - we have a pretty clear picture that Blair acted almost alone in his support of the US, with little cabinet or legal support, nor very good intelligence, and it seems increasingly likely that Parliament was indeed misled to remove Saddam - that's probably the best we'll ever get from this, if you don't believe the ends justifies the means then you're argument cannot be dismissed as ravings, you were right - I hope people can accept a moral victory as I think it seems pretty clear to most of us that we were indeed lied to and that we've been right from the start

But you're dreaming if you want to see him punished

A Labour MP I can agree with

 Paul Flynn, who is already somewhat of a legend with his rebellious drugs stance, has come out and said people who use bone-crushing handshakes should be charged with assault

Now of course, I would never support another bloody law, but he's jesting (see, he's not a normal Labour polly) - and let's face it, people who do bone-crushers are, excuse-my-french, wankers out to prove how tough they are, who normally occupy some sort of business role and have small dicks

Personally I always go for the attempt to out-crush said idiot, but I do like his sarcastic approach - just give them a funny look and say 'what are you doing?' Although unfortunately I may have to wait til I'm a bit older, as I generally have to be pleasant

I can't wait to be a cantankerous old git

still easing my way back in...

22 January 2010

I'm not dead

It's amazing how you get out of the loop in just three weeks...

Well, I'm back now - but I've got a new job (finally) so blogging may take a while to get back into gear, I haven't even been reading Guido lately

In the meantime - Brown has a nerve trying to 'woo the middle classes' and Cameron is an arse who can stick his marriage idiocy where the sun doesn't shine

So nothing new then...

01 January 2010

A Belated Happy New Year

I'm still here!

Off on hols now! Blogs will be intermittent for a few weeks

Wishing all a clean break for the new decade

except Gordon of course

(aww that's not nice - he can have my wishes when he leaves office)