Britain: opposition to Blair on Iraq even among ex Blairites

Bush, Blair, and the Iraq war, cartoon by Steve Bell

From London daily News Line:

Saturday, 18 November 2006


THE Labour government is visibly collapsing day by day, with even ministers expressing opposition and saying that they had doubts about Blair’s foreign policy as long ago as 1998.

The Minister concerned, Margaret Hodge, unburdened herself at a Fabian Society dinner.

She described Blair’s foreign policy as ‘moral imperialism’ which sought to impose British values on other countries, and the Iraq war as Blair’s ‘big mistake in foreign affairs’.

Truly the rats are beginning to swim away from the sinking ship.

Hodge did not explain how she was able to stomach the NATO attack on Yugoslavia led by Blair and Clinton, and the whole period during the 1990s when Iraq and its children were being starved to death, as well as dying from the lack of medicines during those years of UN sanctions.

She was also able to live with the March 20, 2003 attack on Iraq, and the estimated slaughter of 650,000 since that date.

Now we learn that Bush and Blair are planning for ‘one last push’ to achieve victory in Iraq, an imperialist adventure that will cost thousands more lives.

What is shaking up Hodge and many other Labour MPs and ministers is that the longer that Blair stays at the helm, the more chance there is that they will lose their seats, and their luxury life styles at the next general election.

It is this threat that has awakened Hodge’s long dormant and suppressed principles about ‘moral imperialism’, which up to this point she has been loyally serving.

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