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Letter: It's taken Saddam to open our British eyes.


Sir, - In one sense, berating Clare Short for ditching the 'peace' lobby is unfair. My own MP is one of many old Labour stalwarts who voted with Blair and his cabinet.

But the wider and more important point to remember is that what this Government is doing now will bury the notion that Labour in office has any future claim on the moral high ground, though of course it is New Labour who are doing the most damage, a subtle distinction that will be ignored come election time, including local ones.

The Tories never had any claim to moral superiority.

I cannot put a finger on it, but there is something about Blair's persona that deeply disturbed me some years ago, though I could never have imagined even he could march to a Christian fundamentalist US president's drum.

Whatever arm-twisting and tainted UN resolution leads to this war-by-timetable, Blair will tag along with bombing Iraq, whose blame-free civilian population is made up of more than 50 per cent of under 15-year-olds, meaning that Iraq is about 75 per cent women and children.

However, Mr Blair and all Blairites are unwittingly performing a crucial public service, because on top of the Tories being irrelevant, the main problem facing voters in future is finding someone worth voting for.

I find it is deeply ironic that a world criminal like Saddam Hussein should be the one to open our eyes to the poisonous cynicism infecting Britain's main twopolitical parties, though it had to happen sometime.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 8, 2003
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