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Tell it to the hand, because the elected representative ain't listening

Paul Carr

14 July 2003


"Mr Blair... said his appetite for power remained "undiminished" despite his recent troubles... said he understood the "very legitimate questions" to be asked over Dr Kelly's death... acknowledged the need to win public trust over the Iraq war... acknowledged that people needed to know what the government did during the war on Iraq "was right" in order to secure their trust in ministers... rejecting calls for a wider independent inquiry into the case for war with Iraq... he refused to be drawn on questions about whether he would resign if no weapons of mass destruction are found in Iraq... believed to heading to Barbados for a family holiday this week... urged people to wait for reports from the Iraqi Survey Group, a team of experts tasked with looking for evidence of weapons, before rushing to judgement... Mr Blair's deputy, John Prescott, urged Labour rebels to "shut up for the summer" amid the continuing rows over Iraq."

(Highlights from today's press briefing by ailing Prime Minister Tony Blair.)

It's breathtaking. He really thinks he can charm his way into a third term. He thinks that saying ""I think it is important that all of us, once the [Hutton] inquiry reports, learn the lessons of that." is enough to stop three quarters of the fucking country wanting his head on a spike.

No, Tony - you sanctimonious, toss faced, smarmy, lying, little prick - it is not important to 'learn lessons'. Being Prime Minister isn't a form of vocational training. You're supposed to know what you're doing. And if you don't you're supposed to resign.

What you should be saying is; "Look... I acted in good faith but I made some gigantic errors. But I've learnt my lesson. From now on, this government will act in Britain's interests first and foremost. That means prioritising transport, health and education but it also means re-establishing our ties with the UN and the rest of the world to ensure that America's ambitions are kept in check. It means a proper enquiry into the war and the immediate resignation of Alastair Campbell. A fresh start."

You won't say that of course. But whoever does will be the next Prime Minister.

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