Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Brits Rebuff Blair--Refuse American Style Fascist Laws

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Blair tried passing laws similar to the odious Patriot Act whereby people can be spirited off secretly and tortured or held without charge. Meanwhile, more bombs go off in hotels, this time in Jordan. The war in Iraq rages on, too.

From the BBC:
Tony Blair says his authority is intact despite suffering his first House of Commons defeat as prime minister
He said he hoped MPs "do not rue the day" they rejected his call to allow police to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without charging them.

MPs voted against by 322 votes to 291, with 49 Labour MPs rebelling.

Tory leader Michael Howard said Mr Blair should resign. Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy warned Mr Blair could become a "lame duck" leader.

Following the defeat MPs backed by 323 to 290 votes a Labour backbench MP's proposal to extend the detention time limit to 28 days, from the current 14 days.

The defeat does not mean Mr Blair, who is already planning to stand down before the next election, will have to stand down as prime minister now.
He didn't win a majority last election, he just squeaked by with slightly more than one third of the vote! Like his fellow Carlyle buddy bubble boy, Bush, he decided this would be a mandate and not a lame duck.

Now the sharks are circling. The Downing Street memos clearly show Blair and Bush are war criminals. If bombing Britain is grounds for arrest with no charges and holding someone prisoner with no rights then bombing Iraq illegally is also a crime.

And like the famous Cleese character on Monty Python's Circus, standing in puddles potificating is no better than a dead parrot.

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