Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 

It seems that Mr Blair is more and more irritated by the "pressures of public political debate" - or democracy as it is sometimes called.

On March 21 the Prime Minister was asked how many times the Attorney-General has attended Cabinet since 2002; and on what issues he has produced written evidence for the Prime Minister. Mr Blair answered that

Similarly, he sidestepped a question about when the Attorney-General first gave him his advice on the case for war. "The date of this advice is withheld as it relates to the formation of Government policy" he answered.
Llew Smith tried him on "...how many pages constituted the legal opinion provided to Cabinet setting out the Attorney-General's advice?" But this was wholly blocked (PQs for March 21st 2005)

It seems that Mr Blair is more and more irritated by the "pressures of public political debate" - or democracy as it is sometimes called.

22 March 2005 ~We somehow missed the notice of the death of Anthony Sampson although he has long been a hero of this website because of his informed optimism. Interviewed about his book "Who Runs This Place?" on Start the Week last year, he mentioned that he had found the Feb 15th March 2003 against the Iraq war "moving" because of the hundreds of thousands of people who had taken the responsibility to be there. Last July, writing in the Guardian, he assessed the faults of John Scarlett and Alastair Campbell over Iraq
and concluded that both were acting for one man - the Prime Minister.

22 March 2005 ~ Martin Kettle, writing in today's Guardian about the people at Anthony Sampson's memorial service:" .... unmistakably a gathering of English men and women of a particular kind....the stubbornly principled, occasionally self-righteous bearers of the English imagination ... haunted by the landscape and above all by the language, people permanently aware of the past, but people adaptive and comfortable in diversity, practical and pragmatic carriers of a mixed culture. ...

Most striking about the occasion were two things. First, that these liberal recusants are growing old. And, second, that there was not a single Labour minister or MP there." Read in full New Labour must find its way back to liberal England



22 March 2005 ~BBC page of comments on Panorama's Iraq: Tony and the Truth. Other links here



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