Iraq attack

THE Iraq War was such a vote loser for Labour in the 2005 General Election and the 2006 council elections that there must be some disappointment among the opposing parties that the issue is not having the same damaging effect this time around. There remains a sense of anger about it on the doorstep, but it isn’t the issue that will most influence people’s vote on Thursday. The economy and the recession is higher up the agenda.

So, are the Lib Dems trying to stir up some of the old anger over Iraq? One of the weakest points of their campaign in Camden over the last few weeks has been to question Frank Dobson over his stance on the war. Weak, because anybody who has heard Frank’s speeches on this over the years and read his letters can come away with no other view that he was opposed to the invasion. He clearly rebelled against the war – and it helped him keep his seat in 2005.

Yet, the Lib Dems have spent the last few weeks implying that all of our past knowledge about Frank and Iraq might in some way be wrong, flagging up that on one of the many votes over the war he is marked as absent on the voters list. It’s a stretch for the voters in Holborn and St Pancras.

Are the Lib Dems seriously saying Frank secretly wanted Britain to help the invasion? It will be too hard for most to believe that he would go to so much trouble to speak out against it, when somehow he was privately in favour. Unsurprisingly, noth local newspapers have questioned this line of attack. The Lib Dems, deep down, probably realise they have landed better blows than this.

3 Comments on Iraq attack

  1. Owen Hartley // May 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm //

    Surely the point is that an MP can make as many grand speeches as they want. What counts is what we do, not what we say.

    Dobbin did make some good speeches, but if you fail to vote for/against what you want/oppose it’s useless.

    I also talked about how I opposed the war. Did it make any difference? No. And that’s precisely the affect of Dobbin’s words. When he had the chance to make the difference and actually vote in this decisive division he failed us, Britain and the international community.

    At least you can have respect for someone who voted for the war as they plumped for one side and made a decision.

    Dobbin is a bit like Switzerland in the 2nd World War – bemoaning the situation but failing to actually do anything about the great menace.

    Would be interesting to know how many MPs abstained and if they’d voted against whether the war would have gone ahead.

  2. Albert Shanker // May 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm //

    Owen taketh the line from Lib Dem HQ, but funny it’s also a ‘talk versus action’ one – because that’s exactly where the Lib Dems fall down.

  3. my murderer would kill me if he saw me reading this….

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