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10:23 am, June 29th, 2016 - 62 comments
Categories: class war, Europe, International, iraq, Jeremy Corbyn, labour, Politics, uk politics - Tags: Chilcot, Corbyn, coup, iraq, Labour Party, UK
The Chilcot report into the invasion of Iraq that could see charges laid against Tony Blair is out on the 6th of July.
Jeremy Corbyn has stated that if evidence in the report supports laying charges against Tony Blair, then Tony Blair should stand trial.
If he’s committed a war crime, yes. Everyone who’s committed a war crime should be. I think it was an illegal war, I’m confident about that, indeed [former UN secretary general] Kofi Annan confirmed it was an illegal war, and therefore he has to explain to that.
Many member of Labour’s caucus would probably rather not see their erstwhile glorious leader on trial.
Now, of course, all the resigning and the attempts to be rid of Corbyn (including being heckled by his own back benches in parliament) may well simply be down to the fact that he’s so rubbish that in three of the past four by-elections, the Labour vote went up – Oldham(+7.3%), Sheffield Brightside(+5.9%) and Tooting (+8.7%); that Labour Party membership has sky rocketed and that the apparent percentage of Labour voters voting to remain was merely on a par with the avowedly pro-EU and outward looking SNP.
Did I mention those illustrious stenographers for the establishment and its politics at The Guardian or their predictable hate/hate relationship with Corbyn? I’ve just noticed their headline of the no confidence vote in him. I’ll go read it now in the full expectation that the piece will be asking intelligent and pertinent questions about the motivations of those behind efforts to oust the party leader. I’m sure it’ll be informative.
Update It appears I’m not the only one thinking along ‘damage limitation’ lines. Here’s the take of former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Rector of the University of Dundee, Craig Murray