Saturday, February 03, 2007

Tone Deaf


TB (great photo of the Dear Leader, eh?) still refuses to face the music. His Tonyness yesterday declared he will not be driven from office by the cash-for-peerages inquiry, but admitted he sees no point in trying to convince the public his integrity remains intact. At last, he demonstrates some realism one might say. In front of Labour's National Policy Forum today, Blair appealed to party activists to keep faith with the New Labour agenda.The agenda now includes, it would seem, using underage British children to fight in Blair’s wars. Yes, Tony Blair truly has taken the UK back into the Dark Ages…
It seems the UK has broken a United Nations treaty (signed up to by Blair) forbidding the use of child soldiers. Blair has, of course, been busy sending lots of cannon fodder/underage troops - including 17-year-old girls -to Iraq. Teenagers are by far the largest recruiting group for the military. And it’s a trend that seems set to continue. More than 1,000 crack recruiters trawl schools, Jobcentres and high streets for likely candidates.
The present policy of deployment of children clearly violates the government's duty to protect the right to physical and mental integrity of children. And their integrity is far more important than Blair’s…if any remains in that particular case.
Sending underage troops to fight in illegal wars…..It’s all part of Blair's legacy, the unaccepatable face of the New Labour agenda. I do hope the Labour activists who attended the National Policy Forum are feeling suitably inspired after communing with TB today....

7 comments:

Praguetory said...

Loving the picture. He looks like an extra in Only Fools & Horses.

Colin said...

Thanks for the wonderful picture, IT. It tells us quite a lot about his personality. Or to say it in another way, would anyone buy a used care from such a person?

CityUnslicker said...

I disagree on this one. We should support our brave boys who are sent ot Iraq, volunteers all of them.

The UN has these laws for entirely different contextual reasons in Africa etc.

Certainly the government should not break treaties, but in this case it probably is an accident.

there is enough real meat to chew on at the moment with over-blowing such stories.

istanbultory said...

It was this government which signed the UN Treaty. They specifically said that they would avoid, as far as possible, sending personnel under the age of 18 to active war zones. This represents a fundamental violation of international law (as was the Iraq war) and not an accident. The UK is the only European country to send underage soldiers into combat situations. I do not and will not, in any shape or form, support the Iraq intervention which was fought for dubious and illegal reasons and I wish to see the withdrawal of UK forces as rapidly as possible. At the moment, UK forces only serve the function of being human targets for Shia militiamen. As for more meaty issues, none ranks with the interminable tragedy of Iraq. Blair's sexed-up dossier on Iraq or 'Cash for Honours' all amount to an indictment of NuLabour. As does sending 17 year old kids to a pointless war. It's all part of the NuLabour mindset.The cash for peerages affair will result in charges against Levy and Turner- I would put money on it but not Blair. Let's not get overexcited on that score. Human rights are, by definition, "meaty issues"...

Ellee said...

Thanks for the Scotsman link re the imminent arrests, I didn't realise that as I have had a very busy weekend out and about, it almost sent shivers through me.

istanbultory said...

Ellee,
You're welcome. I see Tessa Jowell and Patricia Hewitt are urging Tony Blair to stay on as prime minister. They both know that they have little choice of holding ministerial rank under PM Brown.

Croydonian said...

Quite the mullet... It looks to be a euro mullet.