From the Eastern Daily Press, Monday. July 19, 2004:
45 mins to go?
Mattishall Burgh, Dereham.
In light of Lord Butler's verdict, should not Tony Blair be given 45 minutes to resign?
From the Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday, July 20, 2004:
Opposing the wrong weapons
M H GRANGER,
Holt Road, Heydon.
The Government took us to war, against public opinion, because they told us Iraq had vast quantities of weapons of mass destruction.
We now learn that, in spite of the Prime Minister's previous emphatic assurance of this. N reality such weapons did not exist.
Yet, unbelievably they do nothing to eradicate the guns that not only do exist but are frequently used in criminal activities throughout this very country. Surely it is time the Prime Minister resigned.
From the Eastern Daily Press, Wednesday, July 21, 2004:
Butler report is devastating
W P MOORE
Wells Road, Fakenham.
The Butler Report was almost a 'whitewash'. Predictably, perhaps, Lord Butler was never going to come right out and say that Mr Blair was to blame, and had applied political pressure on the security services.
Reading between the lines, however, the report is devastating for the Prime Minister.
Butler said the 45-minute claim made the dossier more "eye-catching". Gilligan said the dossier was "sexed up". Gilligan was sacked and the BBC was savaged. It seems that his lordship and Gilligan and the BBC tell the same story but with different words!
Secondly, who dropped the caveats? Butler chose not to answer that. He said nobody is to blame. Really?
The war was about cynical support of America's Orwellian aspiration to global domination. America's support of Israel, and its aggression against Palestine, have long since poisoned the well of fair-minded public opinion.
History may demonstrate that in a world dominated by just one "hyperpower", ie America, there is no point in opposing them. Perhaps "cosying up to the beast" is the safest thing to do, assuming we can leave our principles out of it! And it seems this Government can.
At the outset, the opposition of many British people to the war was clear to everyone.
This opposition has grown, as it has become increasingly clear that the justification for this immoral and illegal war was a tissue of half-baked non-intelligence.
I was a Labour supporter and member. I used to believe in politics and wondered why people didn't bother to vote.
And then this Government came along; and now I understand.