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Iraq Invasion Was Illegal Says Nick Clegg!

Nick Clegg, leader of Liberal Democrats and deputy Minister in the David Cameron government, spoke out against the Iraq war in terms that should have been uttered years ago when he accused the Tony Blair Socialists of having taken England into an illegal war. During a heated exchange with former foreign secretary, Jack Straw, Clegg stated bluntly: “We may have to wait for h is memoirs, but perhaps one day he(Straw)will account for his role in the most disastrous decision of all: the illegal invasion of Iraq.” His comment has unleashed a fury of concern among legal experts who believe this remark could be used by a variety of people and institutions. Philippe Sands, of University College, London, commented: “A public statement by a government minister in parliament as to the legal situation would be a statement that an international court will be interested in, in forming a view as to whether or not the war was lawful.” Government officials are attempting to argue Clegg spoke as leader of the Liberal Democrats and was not expressing the views of the government.

The Cameron government undoubtedly awaits final recommendations from the Chilcot inquiry which has been conducting an investigation of the Iraq invasion. Former attorney general Lord Goldsmith told the inquiry of his recommendation to Prime Minister Blair in January, 2003 that UN resolution 1441 “does not authorize use of military force” without further action by the Security Council. Of course, Goldsmith in March, 2003 changed his mind and said it was legal.

The American tragedy is lack of a Chilcot inquiry so that Americans can finally learn about lies and deception on the part of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. OOps, sorry, President Obama does not believe we Americans can handle the truth.

Mirror, Mirror On Wall, Is David Cameron Fairest Of All?

The people of the United Kingdom are nearly at the finish line and by this weekend the world will know who they judge to be the fairest in the land and the one deserving of being their next prime minister. Of course, there may be a “winner” for the night, but in daylight the winner will understand that he lacks a majority in Parliament and must request the fair maidens who came behind him to get behind him and allow the gallant prince to secure the title of prime minister of the realm. David Cameron’s Conservative party apparently has 33% of the electorate, but right behind is the Labor Party at 28% and the Liberal Democrats at 28%. When all is said and done, Nick Clegg who heads the Liberal Democrats will determine who shall be the new prime minister.

Clegg will not demand a king’s ransom to throw his vote to Cameron, but he will insist on a new process of electing that is based on proportional representation instead of the current system which allows winner to take all in a district. Perhaps, it is time for democracy to rear its head in merry England.

Is UK Witnessing a Reverse Tea Party Surge?

Th United Kingdom obtained its first version of a political debate in which the three major candidates for the position of leading a majority party in Parliament and the result was startling. Nick Clegg, head of the Liberal Democrats wiped out Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative leader, David Cameron. It was most probably the first time political leaders in England squared off and confronted one another in an open debate. Latest figures reveal a dramatic shift in voter views. Cameron and the Conservatives remain in the lead with 31% of the possible vote, but Clegg’s party is now second with 29% and Brown’s Labor party trails with 27%.

What does it all mean? It again demonstrates that people all over the world do not believe their current government has any clue concerning what to do about the world of 2010. The surge for Clegg represents disappointment with Cameron and Brown. Isn’t it about time political leaders focused on life in the twenty first century rather than getting bogged down in 20th century issues? Are you listening, Barack?