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‘You must go now Mr Blair’

says mother of British soldier killed in Basra

Issue No. 1976

Susan Smith (right) protesting at Downing Street (Pic: Jess Hurd

Susan Smith (right) protesting at Downing Street (Pic: Jess Hurd

Tony Blair's grip on office weakens each passing day. Yet he remains determined to pursue his pro-market agenda to the bitter end and to shadow George Bush’s every step.

When Blair’s history comes to be written one issue must be seen to have carried him to his political demise — Iraq.

Susan Smith’s son, Phillip Hewett, was killed in Iraq in July. She says, “Blair should go. He lied over the war. He knew the truth and still sent the troops in over oil. That’s the only reason for this war.”

She is backing the International Peace Conference next month in London uniting all those seeking peace from the US, Britain and Iraq itself.

“I think it’s incredibly important that as many groups as possible send delegates to the International Peace Conference,” she says. “It will host speakers such as Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son Casey in the war.

“Sadly we will soon see the 100th British soldier die in Iraq. On that day there must be demonstrations and vigils around the country.”

In the coming weeks everyone needs to get delegated to the conference on 10 December from peace organisations, trade and student unions, faith and community bodies.

Sue says, “We are fighting for an inquiry into the war and we need to stand in solidarity with other military families and anti-war campaigners. We have been refused legal aid. Despite being able to spend billions of taxpayers’ money on the war, it seems not a penny can be spared to find out the truth behind it.

“Even without the war it is time for Blair to go. Just look at what he is pushing through in terms of attacks on the health service and education.”

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Sat 12 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1976
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