Sunday :: Aug 29, 2004

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

by pessimist

"I shoulda listened when I had the chance!"

"I woulda done it differently if I had known!"

"I coulda been a contendah!"

As a now-deceased friend of mine, who was originally from Europe, used to say: people are too soon old and too late smart. Take Tony Blair - PLEASE!

Tony is facing some serious difficulties lately. His blind fealty to the criminality of George Warmonger Bu$h has cost him dearly. His reputation both at home and abroad has been crushed, and within his own party there are rumblings of replacing him lest they lose the next election because the people of Britain no longer trust him to lead. And to make things worse, his opposition, smelling his blood in the political waters, are moving in for the kill.

There's a less-than-subtle message hidden within this tragi-comedy for the American People.

MPs plan to impeach Blair over Iraq war record

MPs are planning to impeach Tony Blair for "high crimes and misdemeanours" in taking Britain to war against Iraq, reviving an ancient practice last used against Lord Palmerston more than 150 years ago. Eleven MPs are to table a motion when parliament returns that will force the prime minister to appear before the Commons to defend his record in the run-up to the war.

Two words: George. Bush.

The MPs' decision follows the commissioning of a 100-page report which lays out the case for impeaching Mr Blair and the precedents for action, including arguments laid down in Erskine May, the parliamentary bible, on impeachments dating back to medieval times.

Two words: Constitution. Obligation.

Under the ancient right, which has never been repealed, it takes only one MP to move a motion and the Speaker has to grant a debate on the impeachment. This means, at the least, Mr Blair will have to face a fresh debate on his personal handling of the war and there will have to be a vote in parliament on whether to institute impeachment proceedings.

Two words: Democratic. Representatives.

Adam Price, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, said he believed the case was compelling. "To dust off Victorian constitutional histories and examine precedents from the time of Charles I and Chaucer may seem bizarre. But the conduct of the prime minister has left people and parliament with no alternative if we are to preserve the very basis of democracy."

Two words: November. Election.

A number of Labour backbenchers are considering whether to back the motion, though it could mean expulsion from the party.

Two words: Zell. Miller.

But getting back to: Tony. Blair. - impeachment proceedings continue to develop in England. Note especially the polling results cited:

Blair 'should be impeached'

The power to impeach a Prime Minister has not been used for 150 years when it was alleged that Lord Palmerston had entered into a secret treaty with Russia.

An all-party group of MPs is hoping to use the ancient Parliamentary mechanism to bring the Prime Minister to account. MPs are being issued with a report that reiterates claims Blair exaggerated the condition of Saddam Hussein's illegal weapons "well beyond the assessments of the intelligence services or the United Nations inspectors". The report will also argue that there is "strong evidence" that Mr Blair assured President George Bush that he would support an invasion in 2002, knowing that the US had already decided to oust Saddam regardless of any progress on Iraq's WMD.

MPs behind the party assault on Blair argue he could be ousted on the grounds that he has breached his constitutional duties as Premier. They want him to be impeached for making assertions about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction that were contradicted by his own intelligence assessments. Alternatively, they say he could be charged with making a private agreement with George Bush to take Britain to war. This, along with deceiving the Commons, is an impeachable offence.

Tony Blair should be impeached for misleading the public over the Iraq war

The overwhelming push to have Blair impeached can mean only one thing - British people feel deceived. This means public distrust of the Prime Minister has reached new levels. The Daily Mail online poll revealed a staggering 88 per cent of our readers believe Blair should be brought to trial. It is one thing to exaggerate the truth in everyday politics, another when those embellishments and misleading words are used to justify a war in which our soldiers are killed, and innocent children die.

In order to succeed, supporters of impeachment would have to overturn Labour's massive Commons majority. So far just three Tory MPs - Boris Johnson, Edward Garnier and Nigel Evans - have said they will back the move along with nine Scottish and Welsh nationalists. MPs from other parties - including some Labour MPs - have indicated privately that they are considering whether to support a move to penalise Blair.

But as judgement day looms and MPs decide whether to support the case for Blair's impeachment, his future continues to hang in the balance. Counsel from Matrix Chambers - where the Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair practices as a QC - has been asked to draw up a motion of impeachment which will be published next month.

I have to say that had Tony not succumbed to the blandishments and empty promises spewing forth from the Incubus of Oil, he had the potential to be one of the great statesmen of history. His efforts to create a more unified Europe and end the traditional rivalries which have existed between countries for centuries would have guaranteed him near-mythical status in the political pantheon had they come to fruition. Instead, he joins the likes of Shoeless Joe Jackson of the 1919 Black Sox, another worthy whose personal weakness destroyed what should have been immortality.

Tony, you shoulda listened when you had the chance! You woulda done it differently if you had known! You coulda been a contendah!

See ya, Tony. Wouldn't want to be ya!

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