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Brown bends to public pressure

June 25th, 2009 by

Bush and Blair in IraqWhen Gordon Brown announced that there was going to be an inquiry into the Iraq war, a private inquiry, an inquiry behind closed doors, an inquiry where we were only going to hear part of the truth, we knew we had to do something. I not only felt that this was an injustice to all those who marched against the Iraq war, but also an injustice to those who supported it at the time but then felt tricked by exaggerated claims about “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, and all those service personnel who went to war and died on the basis of made up claims. Thousands and thousands of Iraqis have died, as well as 179 British service men and women.

So we responded and launched a petition for the inquiry to be held in public. Thousands of us signed in just a few days, an amazing response which upped the pressure on Brown and showed how many of us believe passionately that we deserve a proper inquiry into the war.

Quickly things started to go our way.  The signatures mounted up. We started to hear from MPs saying they had signed the petition and supported the campaign.  Independent experts started to speak out saying there was no good reason for the secrecy. Under all this pressure, Gordon Brown began to waver, claiming that it was up to the inquiry chairman to decide which parts of the inquiry were to be held in public. We had him on the back foot and we were not going to give up.

We flooded parliament with our petition, ensuring every MP received a copy. More MP’s got in touch with us to show their support. We contacted hundreds of local groups, who showed their support and pushed the petition out to all who they could..Thank you!

In the week since the petition was launched, we’ve made massive progress. Sir John Chilcot the appointed chair of the inquiry said “I believe it will be essential to hold as much of the proceedings of the inquiry as possible in public’ and made it clear that key figures like Gordon Brown and Tony Blair can expect to appear in public.

For now, it looks like we’ve achieved a great result, but we will keep watching to see how the inquiry operates in practice. We will step up the pressure again if needs be.

From working on this campaign I have to say that I feel inspired. It’s been amazing to see the positive response and see that people want to contribute to making a change in the way that UK politics is working. It’s great to see people taking action together, working together and being part of a people powered movement.

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  • coiaorguk

    Speaking to Sky News Obama said:

    “The likelihood of a terrorist attack in London is just as high if not higher than it is in the US, that’s the reason why Tony Blair and now Gordon Brown have made this commitment.

    “It is not because they wish to put their young men and women in harm’s way.”

    Tony Blair was ousted by the British people for telling blatant lies to the British public justifying a preemptive attack (massacre) on Iraq that caused the unjustifiable deaths of babies, infants and children leaving hundreds permanently disabled; Tony Blair tried hard to deliver a campaign of fear to the war/IRA hardened people of Britain – it did not work, even with the help of a BBC now undermined by the British government.

    The events of the 7th July 2005 and the subsequent official story describing ‘home grown’ terrorists with back-pack explosives (home-made)are not believed by 63% of the electorate and a public inquiry has been requested and will be requested until the government of today adheres to the peoples request.

    President Obama is being undermined by those frightened that the truth of 9-11 buried deep within the secret services will surface and disgrace them.

    This speech by Obama has prompted me to investigate within our own secret intelligence services the reason why two terrorists shot and killed at a place called Canary wharf on July 7th 2005, have not been identified.

    I appeal to all good American judges to consider the evidence by Professor Steven E Jones who has analysed samples of dust from sites around the World Trade Center buildings after the collapse. Professor Jones has proved beyond doubt there exists grave errors and omissions by NIST in their final report on the collapse of the towers.

    NIST has agreed that these errors existed in the report and also no explanation is possible for the extraordinary collapse of World Trade Center 7 at around 5pm that dreadful day, many hours after the main buildings WC1/2 were reduced to dust.

  • coiaorguk

    These men of straw who have defiled the beauty and free spirit of America, these mortals who have throw shame into the faces of every hardworking American, these men who by their actions have cast a dark shadow and nailed the progress of America’s new leaders.

    These carriers of suffering, these creators of fear must now walk the path of no return, not guided by their peers, or summoned by their elders but etched with their own hands, to deliver, never to return, never to speak in public, never to sign sworn statements or commit oaths, never to feel again the warmth of a new born child.

    These men who know the final chapter has been written in a book with no epilogue, in a book with no words.

    Stand up and free your country, stand up and free the good people of American, stand up before God and show your dishonor, humility and shame, for you have disgraced America by your deeds.

    Now when this is done you will gracefully fall on the swords you created, to be forgotten like a faded head-stone because only the lives of your brave soldiers can be remembered, always remembered, always loved.

  • Valerie Bennett

    What about Iran

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