Thursday, December 03, 2009

Questions for Clare Short









Clare Short has a bit of explaining to do. It seems she instructed Dfid employees to "sit in their tents" and do everything they could to obstruct reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

5 comments:

Jess The Dog said...

Well, if this wretched inquiry published the documents, then it would allow correlation of written evidence with testimony....but I don't doubt this.

The Tories must pledge full disclosure....it might put pressure on Chilcot to conduct an inquiry with appropriate rigour....rather than the Richard and Judy show we have at the moment.

True Belle said...

Why on earth would she say that?

Back here, does she have a hair dresser?

mrsteed said...

Although her conscience didn't bother her sufficiently for her to follow Robin Cook's lead and resign, it's pretty clear that her objection to the war caused DfID staff to be given no lead whatsoever regarding post-war planning.

Every war needs a plan for what happens afterwards. The absence of a coherent plan is the fault of Ms Short and therefore the current problems in Iraq can be fairly and squarely blamed on her conscience.

The sooner she is out of Parliament, the better.

mrsteed said...

Although her conscience didn't bother her sufficiently for her to follow Robin Cook's lead and resign, it's pretty clear that her objection to the war caused DfID staff to be given no lead whatsoever regarding post-war planning.

Every war needs a plan for what happens afterwards. The absence of a coherent plan is the fault of Ms Short and therefore the current problems in Iraq can be fairly and squarely blamed on her conscience.

The sooner she is out of Parliament, the better.

Unsworth said...

Given her apparent opinion of the war it's hardly surprising that she took this position.

But she had a moral duty to the Iraqis (amongst others), and she failed them by her callous and entirely selfish and self-centred action. She chose to use the Department as a means of expressing her personal political views. The narrowness of her vision has, quite obviously, led to many further deaths and greater hardships.

I hope that her conscience, which she proclaimed did not allow her to support the war, keeps her awake each and every night as she contemplates the consequences of her deliberate inaction.