Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Robin Cook resigned. 396 warmongers should have.
Whilst looking for something else I came upon Robin Cook's resignation speech on You Tube. I remember listening to it at the time. It still moves me to tears and anger at Tony Blair and his fellow war criminals on the Labour front bench. At the end of the clip when the house claps, you can see their embarrassed immobility, except for John Prescott who shifts his great weight uncomfortably. Cook was a better man than any of you. I for one will not forget how Labour and Tories took us to war on false pretences. Tories need not pretend that Blair deceived them. He didn't deceive Cook and he didn't deceive me and he didn't deceive the millions who marched against his shameful war.
You can find Cook's speech here and the Iraq debate here. It is a peculiarity of Hansard that whilst the record contains the full text of Tony Blair's motion for war, it does not appear to contain the text of the amendment opposing war without UNSC consent. The amendment was lost 396 to 217. You may read here the list of MPs who voted NO to the amendment and therefore yes to war. Never let them forget it.