September 30, 2003


In advance of Tony Blairís Labour conference speech, David Aaronovitch writes the speech Blair should deliver:

Last year I told you that we were at our best when we were boldest. I could have added that we are at our worst when whingeing. But whingeing is all most of you have done since then. It has been a year of complaint.

A lot of that has been about Iraq. OK, some of you are pacifists, like Mahatma Gandhi, and you don't like war on principle. Fair enough, I suppose, until they turn up to cart you off to the dusty field. But many of you others don't seem to care how many Iraqis old Saddam was killing, just so long as we didn't kill any.

It doesn't appear to bother you at all that - according to all polls - most Iraqis still think the invasion was a good thing. You know better than they do. You are so certain that it would have been preferable to have left Uday and Qusay in their palaces, and the political prisoners in their torture chambers, yet you call yourselves internationalists!

Read on for the killer conclusion. Oh, and if you think you can do better, the BBC invites you to try your hand as a Blair speechster.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 30, 2003 08:11 PM

Never thought I would back the Grauniad, the thinking Commo's date roll.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at October 1, 2003 at 12:30 AM

Wow, great speach. Shame he hasn't delivered that one.

Posted by: Berend de Boer at October 1, 2003 at 08:56 AM

Ghandi suggested after the second world war that the Jews should have all committed mass suicide as a form of resistance against what was done to them by the nazis. He reckoned this would have awoken them to their crimes. Go figure....

Posted by: Rob at October 1, 2003 at 10:07 AM