'We will call him to account next week'
THE revelations about the lies and cover-ups over the war on Iraq are exposing the rot at the heart of New Labour. Blair and his circle distorted what even his closest advisers were telling them was the truth in order to launch a war for oil and US power. Now it's time to call Blair to account for his war crimes. Next week, on Saturday 30 August, the Stop the War Coalition is holding a People's Assembly to charge Blair.
Andrew Murray, chair of the Stop the War Coalition, says, 'The Hutton inquiry is starting to scratch the surface of the government's lies. Contempt 'But Blair needs to be held to account for all the ways he manipulated the public and showed contempt for democracy in the run-up to war. 'The People's Assembly is our chance to do that.'
Former Labour MP Tony Benn will be speaking at the assembly. He says, 'At this moment in history we need to have a serious discussion about where politics in Britain is going. The People's Assembly provides us with such an opportunity.'
People's Assembly Saturday 30 August, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London.
Speakers include Hans von Sponeck (former UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq), John Pilger, Tony Benn, Louise Christian and Azmat Begg.
For details contact the Stop the War Coalition. Phone 020 7053 2153/4/5/6 or go to www.stopwar.org.uk