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22 September 2005

Liberal-Democrats' Kennedy, Blasts Blair and Bush ...


Liberal Democrats' leader Charles Kennedy, turned on the tough talk today at his party's annual conference at Blackpool. And boy, did he blast Blair and Bush.

Here's how the BBC began their online report re; today's tirade on Tony, by Charlie.

Kennedy says Blair costing lives

Tony Blair's pride and his "blind support" for George Bush are costing lives in Iraq, says Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy told the Lib Dem conference in Blackpool the presence of UK troops in Iraq was now part of the problem.

And he claimed the "war on terror" had increased the threat of terrorism.

As anyone with an IQ over eight would have difficulty in disagreeing with, says This Old Brit.

So, what further flames came forth from the fiery headed, Lib-Dem-Celt-in-Command?

The speech saw the Lib Dem leader harden his rhetoric on Iraq as he derided Mr Blair's attempts to "move on" from debate on the Iraq war.

He said: "You cannot move on, when the prime minister remains in denial.

Then, like a terrier with it's teeth deep into a T-bone, he tore another one in Tone.

"You can't move on when people are dying every day. And you cannot move on when our British troops are still in the firing line.

"After this week's events in Basra we cannot sustain the myth that Iraqis see coalition troops as liberators. What they see is an occupation.

"The prime minister's pride should not get in the way of finding a solution for the people of Iraq.

"His blind support for George Bush is continuing to cost lives - Iraqi citizens and coalition soldiers.

"It's time he laid out before Parliament a proper, structured exit strategy for the phased withdrawal of British forces from Iraq."
Three cheers for Charles, eh?

Mr Kennedy said British troops had "served with distinction, courage and great skill" but made a personal appeal to Mr Blair to bring them home.

"Please listen, as you didn't before, to millions of people in our country, who are asking louder and louder as every day goes by - 'when can our troops go home?'
One can't stop a canny Scot like this, once he's started.

Hoots mon! Make my day!

And he said George Bush and Mr Blair's "so-called war on terror has been so badly implemented that it has actually boosted the terror threat not diminished it".

Kapow, Mr Kennedy. Keep it coming. Carry on.

Turning to the government's proposed anti-terror laws, he accused Mr Blair of playing politics with the leaders of the opposition parties by appearing to include them in discussions, then attempting to "spin" the outcome.

( snip )

Mr Kennedy received loud applause when he pledged not to transform the Lib Dems into "another Conservative party".
And how could one one not love this last little lambasting?

He also spoke up in favour of proportional representation, saying Mr Blair's "final defence" on Iraq was that the war would "help establish democracy".

That argument, Mr Kennedy, said "would have been a damn sight more persuasive if he had started here in Britain first."
Damn right, my mate.

You can read the rest of the Beeb's report at the first link -- and follow the full text of the speech at the second.




Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Meanwhile, Lady Karma is nailing America to the wall.

This is an amazing year.

3:04 am  
Blogger de said...

Charlie is a great speaker when he has a script, no interruption, a home crowd, and is talking about events he can't change.

If we go back in time to the events in question, who spoke for the Liberal Democrats? I believe it was Menzies Campbell, who has sufficient gravitas and pragmatism to risk in front of a camera when things are hot.

The Lib Dems had no presence whatsoever when it may have been useful. As soon as the troops were there, it was Mr Campbell that extinguished further debate by saying the troops are there now - so no more comment.

The Lib Dems have proved that a group can be less than the sum of its parts. To paraphrase a former leader 'go back to your constituencies and prepare for spectating'

1:25 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

Glad somebody has the blinkers off - at this point what the hell does Charles Kennedy have to lose? I spied a tasty morsel on about Prez. Nitwit drinking again. Seemingly, the National Enquirer have been running a story about him hitting the bottle again. I haven't read the story yet but has picked up on it. I will keep you informed - cheers

5:50 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


It is amazing - for all the wrong reasons.

8:04 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

*Charlie is a great speaker when he has a script, no interruption, a home crowd


I can't [and wouldn't want to] argue with that. Alhough, they're all the same in that respect.

And, while I recognise and agree that Kennedy won't ever lead a UK government - better he said what he did, albeit belatedly, than he refused or failed to, at all.

In my book, anyone who stands up to be counted in public, while berating Bush & Bush, can't be a bad man.

Whoever they be, when they're [truthfully] laying blame on the Bush-Blair bunch -- I'll back 'em up to the hilt.

8:16 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Exactly! Kennedy has absolutley nothing to lose. But every voice raised against the lying war-mongers is important - especially if it's a pretty high profile person's voice.

As for el pretzldente's possible relapse into plonksville - make sure you keep your promise - remember to keep us informed. ;^)

8:23 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

OK - so I didn't have to scour the supermarket shelves for the story. You can see the article on national It certainly would explain how 'loopy' he appeared on his first visit to New Orleans. Not to mention the pretzel incident - it really makes one wonder!

11:21 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

graniab, thanks - I found it & read it.

It blows my mind - that bugger's finger is on the actual, bloody 'button' - jeeze - talk about the stuff of nightmares. It really doesn't bear thinking about - it's awful!

9:44 pm  

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