The Great Labour LieThe Former Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party in Britain, Iain Duncan Smith, once famously said in the House of Commons that "nobody believes a thing he [Tony Blair] says anymore." Smith's predicessor, William Hague, referred to Labour's record of deceit as "the Great Labour Lie." Hague and Smith both believed that Blair wanted to sell Britain up the river to the Eurocrats, and they have certainly been proven right.
At issue in this vote is whether Tony Blair deceived the British public about his Cabinet's opinion over the legality of the war in Iraq. It is now coming to light that his Attorney-General and several members of the Cabinet questioned the legality of the war. The war has not been popular in Britain (whether this is due to the fact that the war was poorly planned and executed or merely because Britain has lost its bulldog spirit and replaced it with a cowardly one is an open question) and it is right that people should know when members of the Government question the very legality of some act the Government is pursuing. Point blank: Blair lied to the British people, and then used his ministers and party to cover up the lie. It has been exposed that he has blatantly lied (not changed his tune, just lied) about several other matters as well.
Now, in the civilized world, the governing persons and party would be removed from government for causing such scandal and then governing on a pattern of lies. However, if the polls are to be believed, Blair and his Labour Party will be returned to Government (albeit with a smaller majority) yet again. Many Britons argue that the Conservatives were in favor of the war too, why should they be trusted? There is a difference here: Conservative shadow ministers did not knowingly question the war's legality, and then allow their Leader, Michael Howard, to move ahead with public support of the war. Conservative support of the war was based on sheer conviction that it was the right thing to do at the right time for the right reasons, and in no way did the Tories believe the UN had any legal bearing on Britain's decision for or against going to war in Iraq. Of course, one might disagree with that reasoning, but the position was clear, plain, united, and there was no cover-up.
I fail to understand why the British (and for that matter, the Canadians) continue to elect Leftist Governments who base their philosophy of governance on moral relativism, and then watch aghast as those morally relativistic governments become mired in scandal and corruption. After the corruption is revealed, they then openly complain about the corruption of the government, before returning that same government to power at the next election. Here's a hint for those people in Britain who don't understand politics or life: Get a clue! If you want to send a message that you are tired of filth and corruption in your Government, you must remove that Government from power and replace it with another one. If the new Government doesn't do what the people would like, or proves to be corrupt itself, you have the right to replace it at the next election, just like you replaced the Government before it. If you keep the same corrupt bunch in power over and over again, this teaches them that their corruption has no consequences, and they can continue to lie, cheat, and deceive the general public.
Perhaps people in Britain enjoy corruption enough to return Tony Blair to power again. I say to those who do not: Michael Howard may not do better than Tony Blair at this point, but it is scarcely possible to do any worse. People who want corruption in Government to end need to topple corrupt Governments.