COMING ON top of the controversy surrounding weapons of mass destruction
(WMDs), the death of scientist Dr David Kelly has brought about the most
serious crisis that New Labour has faced since coming to power in 1997.
THE REPERCUSSIONS of the RMT’s potentially historic decision were
downplayed by New Labour spin doctors. But last week’s events show
clearly how far the disenchantment and anger of ordinary workers towards
New Labour have stretched the unions’ tolerance closer to breaking point.
THE FOREIGN Affairs Select Committee spent four weeks investigating the
reasons Blair gave for taking Britain into a war against Iraq. The title
of their proceedings - ’The decision to go to war against Iraq’ was
hardly dealt with.
GORDON BROWN’S Commons statement on the euro, the world’s biggest
currency union, deliberately faced both ways. The government said it
would try to "break down anti-euro prejudice", but it would not hold a
referendum on joining as yet.
AS TONY Blair jetted his way through the Gulf area, meeting Kuwaiti
sheikhs, lecturing to British squaddies and kissing Iraqi children in
one big photo-opportunity, evidence was growing that he and US president
Bush lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
CLARE SHORT left Blair’s cabinet with a bang. Her resignation speech
contained a withering attack on the "control freakery" of the Blairite
"clique" at the top of the party and Blair’s "presidential" rule by
"diktat". Her attacks will have found an echo amongst many people,...
TONY BLAIR tries to justify New Labour’s plans for foundation hospitals
by harking back to the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS)
in 1948, when working class people finally won access to health care,
free at the point of use.