It’s right that we should honour our war dead. But it is terribly important that such remembrance doesn’t get confused with the cause for which they fought. Because sometimes (e.g. WW2) that cause is more honourable than others (e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan).
The British soldiers who are now dying in Afghanistan are not in reality dying to preserve our peace and freedom. They are dying to save the government’s (and the Americans’) face, and to prop up a corrupt unelected puppet regime in Kabul. This is a terrible betrayal. Our government is lying to them about the cause for which they are fighting.
It’s important that we don’t betray them by pretending that the cause for which they are fighting is democracy, peace and freedom.. It’s important that we remember them and their fallen comrades, especially at this time of year. And it’s equally important that we support our troops in the best possible way we can: by undercutting lies about what the occupation of Afghanistan is really about, and by bringing them home.
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This article will do the FibDems’ reputation the world of good. This beats even the most extreme lying bargraph handsdown for chutzpah!
This MP is going to seriously regret writing this. He is already being savaged in the comments, and on Twitter.
[Do make comments over there rather than here.]
Let’s be very clear. It was LABOUR who opened the floodgates to the university tuition fees debacle that is now being imposed on our country. The LibDems have allowed it to happen; the Tories made it happen; but it was Labour who commissioned the Browne report, and it was Labour who set the whole thing up in the first place, by imposing top-up fees. As soon as the argument had been made by Charles Clarke that it was right for students to pay a substantial amount toward their higher education, and that higher education free at the point of delivery was going to be a thing of the past, then full-scale marketization became inevitable. It was only a matter of time. I made this argument at the time, as did Ian Gibson. We have, sadly, been proven right by today’s news that the ConDems are going to bring in variable fees of up to £9k.
It is LABOUR who need to take the blame for having created the conditions for this dreadful outcome. (And it is only the Green Party (and the Nats, etc.) who come out of this with clean hands: see http://twitter.com/#!/TheGreenParty
So: come the next election, let’s all be clear about that. If you want to punish the LibDems over this, then there is no point in voting Labour.
Happy to see two blogs that I write for in the two top slots here:
The one world column is dead? NO! Long live the OneWorldColumn! We are going on, by ourselves, post-EDP…