Wednesday, August 05, 2015

"I agree with Jeremy"

Another reason why Jeremy Corbyn should lead the UK Labour Party: he thinks Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes:

Tony Blair could be made to stand trial for war crimes, according to the current Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn.

The veteran left winger said the former prime minister was reaching the point when he was going to have to deal with the consequences of his actions with the coming Chilcot inquiry report.

“I think it was an illegal war,” he said in an interview with BBC2's Newsnight adding that former UN secretary general had confirmed that. “Therefore he (Blair) has to explain that,” Corbyn said.

“We went into a war that was catastrophic, that was illegal, that cost us a lot of money, that lost a lot of lives,” he added. “The consequences are still played out with migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, refugees all over the region,” he said.

Pressed on whether Mr Blair should be charged with war crimes, he said: “If he's committed a war crime, yes. Everyone who's committed a war crime should be.”

That ought to go down well with Labour's base.

Meanwhile, panicked by the thought that left-wing people might want to reconnect with the party that abandoned them and vote for a leader who espouses their values, the Labour heirarchy is desperately scrutinising new memberships to cull out potential Corbyn supporters. Which just shows how establishment they've become - democratic in name, but not in substance...