Friday, March 24, 2006

Bloggerheads: Blair: the head, the tail, the whole damn thing

Blair must fall.

Tony Benn often says that there are two Labour Parties. "There's the one I joined and then there's Blair's New Labour." That sort of thing.

I understand what he means. Really I do. But.

The party, for whatever reason, allows the current state of affairs to continue. The party could force Blair to resign if the will was there. The party, by allowing Blair to continue, is complicit in all that he does.

I've no doubt that many people in the party agree that Blair should go. Some, like Tony Benn, speak out and they should be applauded and encouraged. It would certainly be an injustice if those who speak out are tarred with the brush of the acquiescent majority who refuse to rock the boat. It would be yet another travesty of Blair's reign.

What I'd like to do is offer a word of advice to the silent majority.

There comes a time when silence bears its own responsibility. There comes a time when action must be taken. There comes a time when a lack of action is itself an immoral act. And there come a time when those who silently acquiesed are also held to account.

That time is now. This isn't an attempt to threaten anyone. This is just the way it is.

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