MPs told us all to shut up tonight, and that Iraq was none of our business. We're not allowed an inquiry into the mess because that might make the government look bad, oh no, I mean it would be disloyal to the troops.
Beckett (new-ish Foreign Sec.) told the whinging, whining commie rats who wanted to examine whether any mistakes may have been made on our Iraq policy at all that "I have no doubt that there will be a time when we want to learn lessons" but that that time had not come.
Great, so you don't "want to learn lessons" yet? Ta very much. In fact, if we can't discuss any of this until UK troops have come back home isn't that, like, an incentive for the government to create permanent war? "Until our troops have come home from Afghanistan..." "from Iran..." "from Syria..." "from Narnia..."
Seeing as there were public inquiries into government fuck ups during the first and second world wars (and I believe in the second world war an inquiry led to kicking out the PM and replacing him with someone more famous) which certainly did nothing to endanger the lives of UK troops I can't see what the problem is. The only possible casualties will be government ministers past and present and I doubt any British soldier would shed many tears over that.
Just twelve Labour MPs voted for this rather weak call to make polite inquiries. The twelve are;
- Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead)
- Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
- Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
- Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Sparkbrook & Small Heath)
- Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Highgate)
- John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington)
- Robert Marshall-Andrews (Medway)
- Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
- Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
- Dr Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East)
- Robert Wareing (Liverpool West Derby)
- Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)
Anyone thinking of wanting the left's support for deputy leader of the Labour Party better be on that list (so you can f-off Cruddas)