This is approaching a national scandal. We Lib Dems opposed the illegal war which Tories and Labour backed. Goodness knows how many thousands of people lost their lives via this Bush/Blair venture.
Coincidentally the Lib Dem group on Sefton Council had already put down the motion below for debate at tomorrow’s Sefton Council meeting before today’s kick into the long grass was announced.
Motion Submitted by Councillor Dawson
“This Council notes:
(i) the loyalty bravery and professionalism with which
troops recruited in the North West of England,
including the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton,
conducted themselves during the invasion and
occupation of Iraq.
(ii) widespread concern that the decision to embark upon
the Iraq invasion was made based upon false
premises and untrue propaganda fed to the British
people by representatives of the Government of the
(iii) that the Chilcot Inquiry into the events which led the
United Kingdom to embark upon the the invasion and
occupation of Iraq, is complete and has been shared,
months ago, with former Prime Ministers.
(iv) that the publication of the Chilcot report has
been delayed for many months, without excuse, which
is leading to widespread and profound belief by
ordinary members of the public that those who
supported that war on false premises are covering up
The Council resolves to write to the Prime Minister,
expressing concern at the continuing delays in publication
and calling for an immediate publication of the Chilcot
The May General Election is the time when the public have their chance to hold politicians to account and the Chilcot Report may well lead to some holding to account being required. How convenient then that such holding to account will be on hold for another 5 years when memories have faded even more. I am appalled.