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Posted by Tim Ireland at March 23, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

The tactical voting advice at Backing Blair has been updated.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 22, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Guardian – Blair is set for a third term – and it’s a chilling prospect: A prominent businessman said to me last week: “You can feel this government cracking up. Everything around Blair feels rotten. The end is in sight.” He is not the only inhabitant of the anti-Labour camp to feel a spring surge of hope. Conservative frontbenchers have been making good speeches and sharp points. There has been much speculation about a Tory revival. I don’t believe a word of it. Much of the country is simply not listening. The strength of the economy sustains a widespread sense of wellbeing, matched by an indifference to all sorts of issues people should care about, but do not. There is amazingly little anger of the kind that provokes electorates to topple governments.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 18, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Scotsman – Rebel Spy to Stand Against Blair in Election: Renegade spy David Shayler is to stand against the Prime Minister in the forthcoming general election, it was confirmed today. Mr Shayler, jailed for six months in 2002 for revealing official secrets, will run in Mr Blair’s Sedgefield constituency. The ex-MI5 officer said he would campaign on two anti-war issues and on Mr Blair’s “attacks on democratic rights over the last eight years”. Mr Shayler, a former counter-terrorism specialist, claimed the Prime Minister’s backing for the Iraq war had put Britons at greater risk from terrorism.
Tony Blair is a big, fat liar!
BBC – Shayler to stand against Blair: The former counter-terrorism officer, who is originally from nearby Middlesbrough, said: “Our democracy is in crisis and unless we act now, there will be no democracy left fighting for. If we can encourage a large protest vote in Sedgefield, it would send a clear message to the politicians of this country that the people have had enough of autocratic leaders who fail to represent their constituents.”

This was the bit I wasn’t able to tell you about on the 9th. Work is still being done on the back-end for Craig Murray’s website, but as soon as that’s done, we begin to build a blog for David Shayler.

I’m likely to go quiet for long periods next week, but you can check out the sites under ‘associates’ for bits and bobs I would normally be blogging myself.

PS – Don’t forget: Panorama, Sunday 20th March, 10:15pm

Watch it. Tape it. Share it.

Also, the Bring The Troops Home demonstration is tomorrow (Saturday, gathering at 12 noon at Speakers Corner). You may want to take some posters.

UPDATE – Backing Blair – Keys to stand against Blair








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 18, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair, UK General Election 2005

BBC – MP thrown out over Blair war jibe: An MP has been thrown out of the House of Commons chamber after claiming that Tony Blair had “misled” Parliament over the Iraq war. The Commons speaker ordered Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price to leave after he refused to withdraw the comments. Mr Price was trying to highlight calls to impeach the prime minister ahead of Friday’s second anniversary of the start of the conflict. The rules bar MPs from accusing fellow parliamentarians of lying.

But they don’t stop me. Googlebombs away!

Tony Blair is a liar. Being a politician and a lawyer makes him quite an accomplished and skilled liar, but a liar he is, and it is as a liar that he will be remembered.

Also…

BBC – Iraq, Tony and the truth: Last Summer the Prime Minister made an impassioned plea to draw a line under Iraq, saying – “No one lied. No one made up the intelligence… Everyone genuinely tried to do their best in good faith for the country in circumstances of acute difficulty. That issue of good faith should now be at an end.” – But allegations that Mr Blair misled the country persist. On the second anniversary of the Iraq war, Panorama reveals how several of the claims he made in public during the build up to the war – and afterwards – conflict with what was going on behind the scenes, as evidenced for instance by government officials and documents.
Tony Blair is a big, fat liar!
Panorama, Sunday 20th March, 10:15pm

Watch it and learn more about what a big, fat liar Tony Blair is. Tape it and show your friends what a big, fat liar Tony Blair is.

Meanwhile…

Guardian – Tory spending plans mean cuts, Blair insists
Scotsman – Blair Accused of ‘Lying’ About Tory Spending Plans
Telegraph – Labour in retreat over disputed 35bn Tory cuts claim
Guardian – Blair and Brown unite in 35bn cuts assault

Note – The new version of the poster to see here is only a draft. I’ll work on a larger one once I have a definitive up-to-the-minute cost of the war in Iraq. This figure is an interim one based on this item. I’ll dig for more later today.

UPDATES:
Guido – Poster Problems – Part II
The UK Today – Liar, Liar
PoliticalBetting.com – Who’ll win the battle of the 35bn of “Tory Tax Cuts” ?

UPDATES:
BBC – Iraq, Tony & the Truth: Timeline (includes link to a transcript of the Panorama programme)
BBC – Iraq, Tony & the Truth – Your comments
Time management and the ‘Biased BBC’ blog








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 16, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Is a patronising git. And that’s one of his better qualities.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 16, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Just to let you know, there’s a tale of two Mikes developing on my new Anne Milton weblog.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 16, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Dear God, it’s like watching a car crash in slow motion…

Guardian – Support Tories over abortion, cardinal tells Catholics: The head of the Catholic church in England and Wales broke with tradition yesterday by questioning Labour policy and urging worshippers to support Conservative plans for a reduction of the legal time limit for abortions.

BBC – Will abortion become poll issue?: Recent remarks by politicians and churchmen have raised the prospect that abortion may, for the first time, become a big issue in a British general election. The highly-emotive subject has long been seen as virtually out of bounds for the parties during the cut and thrust of campaigning. But now, thanks to statements from the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, and Tory leader Michael Howard, it has been thrown onto the front pages.

Guardian – Keep abortion a conscience vote, says No 10: Downing Street sought to defuse the pre-election row over abortion today, urging that the issue remain one of conscience for MPs and not become a matter of party politics.

Guardian – Leaders join forces to cool abortion row: The Catholic hierarchy last night joined forces with both Labour and the Conservatives to head off a political row over abortion in the coming election after the Archbishop of Westminster suggested that religion should play a larger part in British politics. Michael Howard insisted he had not tried to make abortion an issue during a magazine interview and key aides stressed that it should remain a matter for MPs’ consciences.

That’s not going to work, I’m afraid. Right now, pro-life groups will be planning group attacks on MPs, and will no doubt use the same intimidating and number-inflating tactics used in the recent attempt to muscle the BBC. Stephen Green has yet to open his big fat mouth, but it’s only a matter of time, really.

Here’s one group already on the roll…

Evening Standard – Pro-life group to ‘name and shame’ MPs: Abortion was confirmed as a key general election issue today when it emerged that MPs are to be “named and shamed” by pro-life and religious groups.

And here’s the first poster-foetus…

Independent – Blair’s protests fail to quell abortion debate: Debate on whether the abortion laws should be changed is set to intensify as the Crown Prosecution Service decides on legal action against doctors who aborted a foetus for cleft-palate. The CPS is expected to announce its decision today on whether to prosecute two doctors in Hereford who were accused by a vicar of committing an offence by aborting a baby at 28 weeks for a minor ailment.

And here’s the right-wing press making it an issue by proclaiming that it is an issue and/or deciding to hold the debate anyway…

The Sun – Blair makes abortion plea

The Sun – Great abortion debate: Abortion has become a hot election issue after Britain’s leading Roman Catholic backed Michael Howard’s call for a lower time limit on the op. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor told the country’s six million Catholics to ditch Labour after the Prime Minister revealed he was happy to leave the legal limit at 24 weeks.

Telegraph – Abortion becomes a general election issue

Telegraph – Blair on defensive as cardinal puts abortion at heart of general election

Daily Mail – Why this debate needs to be held: With an election only weeks away, it takes some courage for any political leader – particularly one who happens to be male – to raise questions about the abortion law, when the issue is so morally challenging and emotionally charged that many MPs would simply rather not raise their heads above the parapet. There is, after all, an unbridgeable gulf between those who think abortion wrong in almost all circumstances and those who believe with equal passion in a woman’s inalienable right to choose.

Did you get that? Apparently, it will be constructive to hold an emotionally charged debate in order to bridge an unbridgeable gulf. Clearly, it’s the responsible thing to do….

*sigh*

Independent: Abortion: The facts: Medical organisations say the law is humane, practical and working well. Pro-choice groups warn that any reduction in the time limit would be likely to affect the most vulnerable women – teenagers whose relationships have broken up and women waiting for the results of tests.

Guardian – Serious but settled: So, are Britain’s abortion laws now under attack from the Tory party, egged on by the Roman Catholic hierarchy? Militants on either side of the abortion divide may wish it so. But the truth is muddier and less melodramatic. Michael Howard’s alleged attempt to propel abortion on to the election agenda was hardly that. It consisted of an answer to a question posed to all the three party leaders by Cosmopolitan magazine. Mr Howard’s answer, that the 22-week limit might be reduced to 20 in the light of medical progress, is his own view. It is not Tory policy – abortion remains an issue of conscience and would be put to a free vote in this or any other parliament. Nor is it Catholic policy either; Catholics oppose abortion under all circumstances. If abortion has now become “a burning election issue”, as yesterday’s Daily Mail claimed, it is less Mr Howard’s doing than that of the press, which has inflated his comments, aided by a clumsy intervention by the Roman Catholic leader in England and Wales… Abortion a serious subject? Of course. But abortion a burning election issue? No. Forty years on, the legalisation of abortion is a settled matter. A generation has passed since the subject was last at the centre of our politics. It was Tony Blair who put it best in answer to Cosmopolitan. Nobody likes abortion, he said, but it is wrong to criminalise those who, in very difficult circumstances, make that choice. The debate will go on, he added, but there is no case for changing the law. That needed saying, and Mr Blair deserves credit for holding firm.

For now. I sense a weakness in the wind.

To close, I offer a quiet word or two on a turbulent priest…

Guardian Diary: And so to the entrance into the abortion debate of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, who makes up in Irish names for what he lacks in moral consistency. “What is useful is not always what is right for society,” opines the head of the Catholic church in England, “and sometimes is very wrong.” Quite so. It was the cardinal who, when Bishop of Arundel, declined to report a priest he knew to be a paedophile to the police, instead awarding him a new chaplaincy. Here the man was able to continue the abuse for some years, before finally being convicted for crimes, among others, against a disabled child. The cardinal raging against expediency seems marginally less absurd than Cher expressing a distaste for Botox, but we wish him and his blind eye well.

And what I think is a pretty good indication of the ‘facts’ you can expect from pro-life groups in the coming days…

Bloggerheads – Carriers & Barriers – Condoms, AIDS and the HIV Virus

This is not going to be pretty. This is not going to be pretty at all…








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 15, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

It’s just occurred to me that – if the general election takes place when everyone expects it will – then Tony Blair will have something to celebrate on the following day no matter what happens.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 11, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

If you wish to vote on May 5 (which is probably when we are going to have a general election) then you have until 5pm today to double-check that you are on the roll and/or get yourself on it.

UPDATE – Via Honourable FiendLabour Watch – High Stakes: Labour Watch learns that the BBC are on standby for the possible calling of the General Election (on Friday). Andrew Marr has advised BBC Politics colleagues that if the Government is defeated on the anti-terror vote (today), it is possible that Blair will go to the country on this issue and call a snap election.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 10, 2005

Category: UK General Election 2005

Here you go – don’t try to read all of the text in one sitting.

There is a third video in the works (which will address the whole matter of Blair’s manipulation of the terror threat) and there may even be a fourth, time permitting (which will address Blair’s journey to the right).

This video addresses bullshit in general. I hope you like it enough to share it.








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