Brit Left baying for Blood....and they got it
The death of David Kelly, at his own hand, is being spun as the bitter fruit of spin.
Left Labour, still angry at the Iraq war are making the most of the tragedy:
Jackson, the former Labour Transport Minister, became the latest ex-minister to call for the Prime Minister to quit when she described Kelly’s death as "unspeakable".
"Bullets should be bitten," she said. "I don’t see how the government is going to be able to function adequately. This is going to be hanging over the government for the whole period of the judicial inquiry."
Her dramatic intervention followed earlier calls for Blair to step aside from the former international development secretary Clare Short and backbench Labour MPs.
The odd part of this is that Kelly, apparently, committed suicide after 45 minutes of grilling before a Parliamentary Select Committee. Here he admitted that he'd had lunch with the BBC reporter who filed the "sexed up" claims and, though the Minister of Defence, Geoff Hoon wrote a letter in which he suggested that Kelly might have been the "single source" the BBC relied upon for its story, the Committee concluded he wasn't.
The Left Labour backbench, and the tabloids of course, are howling for blood. Blair's preferably, but Alastair Campbell's, Blair's press secretary, in a pinch.
What is odd about all this is the rabidness of the Labour Left. Having been shut out in their opposition to the war and ignored in their knee jerk anti-Americanism, they want vindication of whatever sort. And they are quite willing to capitalize on the death of what appears to be an entirely innocent man to make their point.
Blair, fresh from a masterful performance in America, has to put up with these idiots. The question is for how long? The fifty or so disgruntled lefties are not critical to his majority in Parliament so, does he need to keep them in the tent? At some point legitimate criticism crosses over into full blooded opposition and at that point Blair is within his rights to seek the expulsion of the dissidents from caucus.
If and when WMD's are found in or near Iraq, or, perish the thought, used by the still fighting Saddam I hope Blair uses the moment to toss Cook, Short and Jackson on the same rubble heap currently occupied by the member for Iraq, Mr. Galloway.