"The Nineteenth century saw a great Springtime of Nations as the revolutions of 1848 saw new countries created the length and breadth of Europe. In our world today we are now seeing our own Spring Awakening with people and cultures that have long been dormant and subdued asserting their right to exist, their right to dream." Adam Price MP
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Hunkered down bunkered Brown
All set for the election debacle
British PM to face Iraq inquiry in early March
(AFP) – 2 hours ago
LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will appear before the public inquiry into the Iraq war in early March, a spokesman for the probe said on Tuesday.
Brown was finance minister at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion, and is being called to give his account of the conflict several weeks after then prime minister Tony Blair gave his long-awaited evidence on January 29.
Gordon Brown was accused today of sending troops to war in Iraq and Afghanistan without proper equipment and of causing long-term damage to the Armed Forces by “guillotining” defence spending.
Defence chiefs were forced to reduce manpower and to cut projects for aircraft, ships and armoured vehicles just six months after the invasion or Iraq and while British troops were also serving in Afghanistan.
The claims came as a former Defence Secretary said that the relatives of those killed in Iraq will not find “closure” while they continue to believe that the war was a conspiracy by Tony Blair’s Government.
Sir Kevin Tebbit, the Ministry of Defence’s top civil servant at the time of the invasion, told the official Iraq Inquiry that Mr Brown “arbitrarily” ordered the cuts in spending.
Government Plan for Free Elderly Care (for some) "ill-conceived".