Where there's a Willesden there's a way

Thursday, January 29, 2004

And then they go and spoil it all like doing something stupid like bombing you.

On the bright side, the world seems to be getting on alright in my absence. Except Greg Dyke.

I'm really pissed off about the Hutton Report. It's like when you're in school, and a friend of yours takes on the really hard, sadistic bully kid and ends up needing stitches and getting suspended.

It's bizarre watching it on the BBC. The liberal broadsheets sprung to the BBC's defence with cries of Whitewash. Of course, the scary Nazi Tabloids were virtually dancing in the street and handing out sweets, but they would have done no matter what. The BBC just rolled right over.

None of it makes any sense. Hutton just glossed over all the difficult questions for the government. But you could spend all day picking holes in it. The fact is, this week will just serve as justification for all the bad stuff this government seems to enjoy doing, and will just make it more smug and messianic than ever.

Tuition fees? We won.

Missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Hutton vindicated us.

Leading the country to war under false pretences? See above.

Of course, he didn't. What he did was to reach the questionable conclusion that the government wasn't to blame for David Kelly's death. He'll undoubtedly come into some criticism for describing a man who killed himself as unstable, but clearly that's a distraction.

What I still want to know is this: If the government didn't exaggerate the claim that Saddam had WMD ready to use within 45 minutes- why didn't he? Where the hell are they? Did we go to war because Saddam had "weapons of mass destruction", not because Saddam was an evil tyrant (because really, that's never stopped us from supporting someone). If that's the case, where are they? And Saddam didn't have them, where did we get that idea from? And most of all, were we right all along in saying this war was morally and legally unjustified?

And most of all, even if we were, does it matter? Is the government going to just do whatever the hell it likes, no matter how illegal or wrong its actions are shown to be. Will this just be another issue we shove under the carpet, like the small matter of Bush stealing the election.

And what are they going to do next?

This is wrong. Labour has done so much good stuff for this country. See title.


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