Opportunism from the Tories – who backed the war in Iraq – a call for an immediate inquiry into the events in the run-up to the 2003 invasion. There’s local elections in a few weeks, dontchaknow?
MPs rejected an attempt to force an independent probe, despite support from the Lib Dems and 12 Labour rebels.
The government’s parliamentary majority of 67 was more than halved as it won by 299 to 271 votes.
A government amendment, recognising an time will come when an inquiry is “appropriate” but not during “important operations” in Iraq, was passed.
It was carried by 299 votes to 259 – a government majority of 40.
The good news is that in future parliament will have a greater say on going to war in future – better news would be a public vote on going to war… Given the news that 14 MPs expenses won’t be publicly disclosed as promised, you can see why I’m not jumping for joy at Jack Straw’s pitiful announcement.
As for Iraq, are the British really sitting back while a second surge is launched, this time in Basra in the south of the country, can we believe reports they are confined to their bases? One news broadcast let slip they’ve carried out air attacks against resistance groups – which is in effect helping the Iraqi puppet army.
More good news from the National Union of Teachers conference:
Conference voted overwhelmingly to support a motion opposing military recruitment in schools and to support teachers, students and parents who choose not to take part in events organised by the military.
The motion also called for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and for protests if there is any attack on Iran.
The NUT executive moved an amendment, which was passed, strengthening the motion by calling for a convention to be called including teachers, educationalists and Stop the War activists.
Alas, news reports on the conference’s call for religious teaching in state schools to be broadened to meet the needs of other faiths has focused only on Islam. Is another of the regular Islamophobic feeding frenzies about to begin?