Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Defending The Indefensible Squared

For some inexplicable reason, Lance Price has written an article in defence of Margaret Beckett.
Listening to her on the Today programme and elsewhere recently has been to hear a woman aching to be put out of her misery. Beckett deserves to be acknowledged as a formidable politician, underestimated by the media and admired by all who have worked with her. Instead it will be the sight of her trying vainly to defend a foreign policy with which she plainly disagrees for which she'll be best remembered. Sadly, it is not just Tony Blair's legacy that will be defaced by Iraq.


It can only be that she has found herself in a position to which she never aspired, responsible for a policy she finds close to impossible to defend.
A wave of sympathy completely fails to stir within me.

The problem is the notion that "she has found herself in a position to which she never aspired".
Blair: Margaret, do you want to be Foreign Secretary? I know it'd mean you'd have to defend a policy which you plainly disagree with but go on. It'd look good on your C.V. and it'd help me keep power for a bit longer. You know I want to leave with dignity at a time of my own choosing...

Beckett: No Tony. Your foreign policy has been a disaster. The world is more dangerous, British interests have been damaged, Iranian power in the Middle East has been hugely boosted and an uncounted number of people have been killed as a result of your policies. For that, you deserve to by hounded out of office at the earliest opportunity. I hope my resignation from your government helps bring that about.
That wouldn't have been so difficult. There would have been no need to "vainly" defend Blair's policies if she'd taken that path.

Instead, she decided to put career and narrow party interests above principle and country. She decided to continue to support Tony Blair. She decided that she would remain part of the cabal which enables Blair to continue with his failed foreign policies despite her obvious opposition to those failed policies.

As a result, she can now regularly be heard making an arse of herself on the Today programme and elsewhere. That's what happens when you decide you're willing to defend the indefensible.

Given that that was a central theme of the article, you'd think Lance would have realised that he should avoid doing the same.


Anonymous said...

My first visit here. Shouldn't you have mentioned where Lance Price's article appeared?


CuriousHamster said...

Thanks for visiting.

I did link to the article where it says "in defence of Margaret Beckett" in the first sentence.

Links are red if you've not clicked on them but if your browser has a record of a previous visit to that page, they show up as light grey. I suspect that might be the reason why the link wasn't obvious.

I was going to change the font colour for visited links to make them more obvious but I couldn't decide what to change it to.