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Tony Blair the terrorist

by Daphne Liddle

THE CHILCOT inquiry into the Iraq War, which began in March 2003, finally reported after seven long years of investigation on Wednesday and its findings for Tony Blair have been devastating.

Among those pushing for the report to be delivered were the families of 179 British service personnel who died in the war.

One young woman whose brother died in Iraq tearfully told a press conference: “The world needs to know there is one big terrorist: Tony Blair is the world’s biggest terrorist.”

Roger Bacon, speaking on behalf of the bereaved families, said they would reserve their right to take legal action on the basis of evidence provided by the report.

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Tony Blair the terrorist

Teachers strike for more funding

TEACHERS belonging to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) throughout England last Tuesday took strike action in protest at the lack of funding for schools.

The strike was backed by a 91.7 per cent ballot in favour of the action at changes brought in by the Government’s new Education for All Act that will see class sizes grow.

It was also backed by many local marches and rallies in support of the teachers’ fight for more resources.

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Teachers strike for more funding

Editorial

Getting the Brexit implemented

IT IS now two weeks since the historic vote in the referendum for Britain to leave the European Union but we still have no clear idea how and when it will happen. And the Remain camp have certainly not given up their struggles to prevent it ever happening.

There has been a strong campaign in the liberal media — the papers and on-line news sites most usually read by moderate and middle class left-wingers — to portray the vote as a travesty and those who voted to leave as ignorant, angry, racist Neanderthals. Some postings on social media even claim that “lefties” solidly voted to stay while “the poor” were responsible for the leave victory — as though it were impossible to be both “left” and “poor”.

Nothing could demonstrate more clearly the hatred and contempt of the middle-class intelligentsia who think of themselves as left wing and for the working class. It is a strange kind of “lefty” who despises the workers more than they despise the bosses.

While all this has been happening the French government has overridden parliamentary procedure to force through anti-labour laws on behalf of the EU. The same has been happening in Italy, Spain and Belgium while Greece is facing yet another round of austerity cuts. Yet this is the EU that the Remain camp long to hang on to.

Though the referendum result is not binding on Parliament Cameron pledged in advance to sign Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU immediately after the referendum if the vote was clearly for Leave, But he reneged on that and then resigned. Now legal challenges are being prepared to ensure there is a vote in the House of Commons before Article 50 can be signed. And most MPs on both sides of the House support the Remain camp.

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Getting the Brexit implemented