"These are the time that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman* .... particularly of those languishing in the network of Blair condoned American torture camps around the globe.
People often complain about their helplessness (or hopelessness) in changing political situations. Many have died or suffered for trying, but next month the British people have a rare opportunity to change a disastrous situation with a simple stroke of a pencil. Our Prime Minister has tied us to the coat tails of a regime which has become a stench in the nostrils of the world. He maintains our troops in a murderous quagmire. He has failed to utter any public word of protest about even British citizens being tortured and denied basic human rights in American custody. He has reduced our Foreign Policy to a simple rubber stamp for George Bush.
Fortunately he is presently on the ropes. A humiliating defeat for Labour in the European and local elections would probably hammer the final nail in his coffin. His removal from office (following Aznar's) might also help to remove Bush.
Some moral issues transcend normal party politics. I believe this is one of them. Blair must go! His removal would be a salutary message for his successors. Doing it now might even give the Labour Party an opportunity to restore some of its lost conscience in time for the next General Election. A few less Labour seats in the toothless European Parliament should be a small price to pay for even the most pink dyed member of the NL Preservation society.
So anyone who cares about our country's reputation, or the Labour Party's soul, or most of all believes that common decency and legality should guide our government's actions should vote in the forthcoming elections but should:
VOTE ANYBODY BUT LABOUR.
*(Quote is from Tom Paine, The Crisis Papers)