Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/311/11685

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 August 2003

Iraq, Kelly death, Hutton inquiry...

Blair's Web Of Deceit Continues To Unravel

LIKE BANQUO'S ghost in the Macbeth play, the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly is set to haunt Tony Blair.

Dave Carr

Following the scientist's suicide, Blair sought to minimise the political damage over the affair by appointing Lord Hutton to conduct a public inquiry.

But whatever the limitations of the inquiry, many people see the hand of Blair behind Kelly's death. Only 24% of people still trust New Labour in a YouGov poll, a mere 3% ahead of the discredited Tories.

The sequence of events leading to the current inquiry is convoluted but essentially one of government skulduggery.

It was Tony Blair as George Bush's trusted lieutenant who argued that war with Iraq was necessary because Saddam Hussein's regime was in possession of weapons of mass destruction which posed an immediate threat to Britain and the world ('launch capability within 45 minutes').

Last September the Blair government published a "dodgy dossier" including this threat based on information reportedly furnished by the security services.

In fact the material had been cobbled together by Downing Street and, in the words of Dr Kelly, according to BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan, the dossier had been deliberately "sexed-up".

To cover this up the government it seems contrived to make Kelly the fall guy. Pressure was applied to Kelly's employer, the Ministry of Defence, to name and shame him.

The implication is that defence secretary and cabinet member Geoffrey Hoon acted on behalf of Blair's spin doctor, Alistair Campbell. Gilligan quotes Kelly as saying that Campbell inserted the '45-minute launch threat' into the dossier.

This tangled web of deceit is now unravelling. The head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove, responsible for compiling the dossier, has now announced his retirement.

Evidence perhaps of a falling out between Number 10 and the spychief. And even before Kelly had been buried, Blair's press officer attempted to rubbish Kelly as a Walter Mitty-type fantasist.

Ruling class

In a sense none of this should come as any surprise. Governments lie and they use their spies to spread disinformation.

The British state waged war on Iraq to assist the US to secure its strategic aims, namely, control of important oil reserves and to impose its political domination on the region in order to further its capitalist interests.

The suicide of David Kelly has focused media attention on the government's manipulation of events but socialists must expose the broader issue of imperialism in the 21st century.

The deaths of Iraqis, the destruction of that country's infrastructure, the unemployment and deepening poverty, the anarchy, the political instability, the lack of rights and democracy, the ethnic and religious tensions, are all the consequences of an imperialist war.

This is the key issue for the working class, not simply how the government pushed an employee over the edge.

Moreover, the political lessons are clear. The Labour Party is an establishment party representing capitalism and, in its foreign policy, an adjunct of the White House.

Like the killer android in The Terminator film it has no humanity and it cannot be reasoned with. Also, it cannot be tamed to represent the interests of the working class in Britain or internationally.

Only a new party founded by trade unions and campaigning organisations of working people, and fighting for socialist ideas, can offer an end to the horrors of capitalism and imperialism.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 August 2003:

Blair: Not Wanted

Workers Win Against BA Bullies

End Fat Cat Rule

Postal Workers Fight Back

Stop The Card Sharks In Sheffield!

Rich Pay Less, We Pay More

Stagecoach Devon bus workers: Fighting To Win

Labour party officer quits and joins Socialist Party

Blair's Web Of Deceit Continues To Unravel

Towards A New Left Party In Wales?

Bosses' Attacks Meet Shopfloor Anger

Socialist Party National trade Union meeting

Israeli/Palestinian conflict: Coming Unstuck - George Bush's Peace Plan


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 August 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

David Kelly:

triangleTake over Murdoch's press!

triangleKelly Death Deepens Blair's Crisis

Iraq:

triangleOpinion: British imperialism can take no credit in fight against Isis

triangleMovement challenges Iranian regime

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

triangle'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

War:

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Do Trump's antics make nuclear war more likely?

triangleSalford Socialist Party: A socialist look at the Vietnam War

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: The Carillion scandal

Tony Blair:

triangleLeft comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleFilm - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

Britain:

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Britain in 2018

Capitalism:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Women - fighting sexism, violence and capitalism

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/1/18

Women

Socialist Party women's meeting brings together members to share experiences

17/1/18

Newham

Packed Newham meeting against academies

17/1/18

Liverpool

Lobby pushes Liverpool council to oppose privatisation

17/1/18

Barking

Heating scandal on east London estate

17/1/18

Policing

Undercover policing legal challenge

17/1/18

Woolwich

No to the Woolwich monster block

17/1/18

Union

Workplace news in brief

17/1/18

Union

PCS union 2018 elections - nominate the left slate for a continued fighting leadership

17/1/18

Hackney

Hackney school cleaners strike

17/1/18

RMT

RMT strikes against driver-only operation continue

17/1/18

Yorkshire

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages

17/1/18

Cuts

We must fight all council cuts!

17/1/18

Socialist Party

Southern Socialist Party conference

16/1/18

Birmingham

Home care workers to strike

12/1/18

Waltham Forest

Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Jan Corbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

triangle17 Jan NHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangle17 Jan We must fight all council cuts!

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

More ...

triangle23 Jan Bristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

triangle23 Jan Cardiff West Socialist Party: How the Poll Tax was beaten

triangle24 Jan Caerphilly Socialist Party: The Carillion scandal

triangle24 Jan Cardiff Central Socialist Party: Carillion collapse - Watershed moment for public services

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2