A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week look's at Tony Blair's speech on Friday and gives it 7/10:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"showing great courage in pursuing a truly ethical foreign policy"

Attacking a country to steal its resources is not ethical. We now know that Blair's government was meeting U K oil companies before the Iraq War to discuss how they could profit from the conflict.

After one meeting, in October 2002 Edward Chaplin, then Foreign Office Middle East director, is quoted as saying: ‘We were determined to get a fair slice of the action for UK companies in post-Saddam Iraq"

As for Trident, Blair himself says:

"So, after some genuine consideration and reconsideration, I opted to renew it. But the contrary decision would not have been stupid."

Blair does seem to have been genuinely hesitant about this. We have no reason whatsoever to be grateful to him for the decision that he did make.

10:47 am, July 11, 2011


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