I am appalled at the way that the Labour Party is dealing with George Galloway, but I can?t say it surprises me. Their response is utterly characteristic of their behaviour throughout the Iraq ?war?.
George Galloway did not ?do? anything wrong. He was just doing his job as an MP. He was warning the government about entering into an illegal, unjustified and brutal war with dangerous allies on the far right of the political spectrum. In doing so he was speaking for the majority of the country. Tony Blair responded autocratically by paying absolutely no heed to public opinion, and took us to war anyway.
Billions of pounds, thousands of dead bodies, and one Hutton enquiry later, and the Labour Party seemed to have learned nothing. The fruits of their unaccountability are growing all around them. The invasion was and is still wrong, yet even now they ?solve? the problem by shooting the messenger. They must realise that silencing the few voices of dissent in the party will only make it easier to repeat the same mistake next time. Isn?t that what dictatorships do?
I am proud to be a member of the Green Party, who opposed the war from the outset. If Labour had to the voices of reason within their own party, maybe they would have too.
David Taylor No 1 SW Euro candidate