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Sunday, April 24, 2005
  Tony Blair has no plans to invade Iran
Tony Blair said previously:

"Labour has no plans to introduce tuition fees for higher education."

and that Labour had "no plans" to increase National Insurance.
 
Comments:
Absolutely untrustworthy. The man is a true bounder. He is about to win his third general election. His popularity rating is nearly twice the level of the other party leaders when people are asked who would make the best prime minister. Cheap-shot Charlie is supported by only 23% of respondents. Asked about Lib Dem taxation policies, only 14% support the Lib Dems, on their economic policies a mere 9% of respondents support them. Interestingly, 62% of respondents think Labour will put up taxes. Don't give up the day job John... go back to your constituencies and... prepare to shaft your leader.
 
Can anyone remember which party attacked the Tories for being in coalition with the Labour party in Birmingham? I seem to recall that this party thought that the Tories couldn't be trusted and that they had betrayed the citizens of Birmingham.

Where's that party got to now?
 
That party campaigned on the basis of getting rid of Labour and did so.
 
..and the party that nationally supports congestion charging

...except where it might affect their local vote, so is deemed suitable for local reasons in Edinburgh or Bristol.

Charlie Kennedy couldn't name one city where they want to bring in congestion charging. Can you?
 
Interesting that none of the Labour-supporting comments here mention Iran. So let's get back on topic, shall we?

First, read this report in Saturday's Guardian - "Lib Dems challenge Blair to spell out Iran plans".

Next, to find out how serious are the USA's plans to invade Iran, take a look at these articles, all from sane and authoritative commentators:

Scott Ritter article (Al Jazeera, 30 March 2005)

Scott Ritter speech (18 February 2005)

Dan Plesch article (Open Democracy, 21 March 2005)

Seymour Hersch article (New Yorker, 24 January 2005)

If, having read these, you want to do something about it, support the Our World Our Say campaign, which aims to extract commitments from all the party leaders that they would not support a new war.

Memo to Bob Piper: If Blair refuses to disassociate himself from Bush's next move, he may win this election but, when the tanks roll in, his 'popularity rating' will go right down the toilet.
 
Let me be clear: I was and remain, totally opposed to the war in Iraq... and for that matter, Iran. I also believe that the mass opposition to the war in Iraq, together with the absence of WMD (which given the level of internal opposition, thank God, Iraq never possessed by the time of the war), means a war against Iran will not be supported by the government. My point was, and it is emphasised by all the opinion polls, the electorate trust a man they think had lied about Iraq, twice as much as they support smarmy Howard or the useless Charles Kennedy. I repeat... go back to your constituencies and kick out this wet!
 
...and presumably Charles Kennedy has "no plans to form a government." Another one of those Lib Dem pledges they will be able to keep.
 
Whatever human rights arguments existed for Iraq, they do not apply in the same way to Iran, which is a country modernising in its own way. A British and European policy of engagement with Iran is working. Like Bob, I didn't support the invasion of Iraq, although I accept that we now owe the Iraqis our best efforts to reconstruct their country. I am convinced that the Americans dropped the ball when it came to the immediate post-war period and their mismanagement and lack of planning following their straightforward conquest has caused the problems in the country today. I am equally certain that Blair will not join in any Iranian adventures because he will probably resign before that comes up, because the UK military is in a process of regeneration following the Iraqi campaign and does not have the resources to conduct another attack and because Blair knows how unpopular the war was. He won't go through that again.

However, asking a PM (any PM) to rule out future military action isn't ever likely to get a definite answer. He has no way of knowing what events lie around the corner that might possibly justify action against Iran, but as things currently stand, whatever Shrub might do in Iran will not involve British forces.
 
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