Meanwhile, on planet Hague…


Concrete Willy has also been playing a part in the coordinated whingefest about that lost vote over Syria.

Continuing on the same theme as Hammond and Rifkind, by focusing exclusively on the process story and exhibiting an unseemly and desperate fetish for being side by side with the Americans and wanting to take military action, Hague failed to even mention the Syrian people or the humanitarian drivers that supposedly necessitate military action against one side in the civil war.  But the partisan party politicking agenda was serviced in full in comments reported by the Telegraph as the assault on Miliband and Labour was upped a notch.

It wasn’t the alleged international perception of the UK being weak and the Falklands now being in dire peril as a result of us not showing we can lob missiles at Syria from afar.  No, this time it was that the defeat of the motion and Labour’s role in it has caused ‘serious concerns’ in the US and various European capitals!  Servicing Tory party interests, Concrete Willy, without batting an eyelid, told Dermot Murhaghan in respect of that Commons vote that, ‘On such occasions everyone should be able to rise above any party interests’. He also said about Labour:

There’s some serious concerns in other capitals – not just across the Atlantic but in European capitals as well – about the position they have taken in voting down a Government motion which actually had in it pretty much everything that they asked for.

So all this concern in these ‘European capitals’ is not for the Syrian people, but what it all means for the political elite.  That figures.  There’s nothing like a bit of self interest to exercise the servants of the public is there?  Perhaps that explains why none bar the French are sending their armed forces to bomb Syria.  It is a coalition of the unwilling.

Hague’s comments reek of so much bullshit.  They have most likely been provoked because after all his efforts to whip up international support for intervention on the side of the rebels, he has lost as much face as Cameron after being told by Parliament to put his guns back in their holster.

Showing up this party political, self serving crap for what it is, is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.  Nothing said since the vote has offered any reasonable justification for intervening in Syria.  The hollow arguments we heard in Parliament were the sum total on offer.  Seeking to launch an undefined, purpose-free military attack on the basis of nothing more than emotion, and the subsequent self justifying bleating that has followed, is frankly disgraceful.

3 Responses to “Meanwhile, on planet Hague…”


  1. 1 Adam West 01/09/2013 at 5:04 pm

    Hague’s comments are revealing in how he views what being in Parliament is about. The government motion “had in it pretty much everything that [Labour] asked for” as if doing so should have guaranteed Labour supporting the motion. The idea that evidence, strategy and goals should have been presented to MPs and then the MPs debate it, form a view and finally vote is missing from Hague’s vision of what parliament is for.

    Also in the telegraph: Syria crisis: ‘Blair to blame for Cameron downfall’

    Andrew Gilligan lays the blame for reluctance at Blair’s poisonous practices but still manages to say Blair is right this time. As in other articles what starts as ‘We must do something about the chemical weapons attack’ becomes the following:

    “Air strikes on Syria – and they will happen, regardless of Britain’s views – will need to be more than Mr Obama’s recently promised “shot across the bows”.

    They need to be big enough to frighten the regime, and they need to be coupled with far more support of the better rebels, to create facts on the ground that might bring Assad to a Dayton of his own.”

    It seems like that everyone who is for military action this minute is only for military action this minute as part of their much bigger wishes for the region and for how we are perceived on the international stage. If the plan was to just to degrade Assad’s ability to do it again perhaps there would be more support for intervention. I think our betters have become convinced a limited mission is not enough justification for getting involved but are afraid to say so.

  2. 2 Attila 01/09/2013 at 5:27 pm

    If the people of the UK had been asked instead of the 650, the answer would have been an overwhelming no, not just a wafer thin semi-accidental 13 votes. Why do our political elite show such contempt for the will of the people? And such contempt for the Syrians.

  3. 3 Derek Buxton 02/09/2013 at 2:22 pm

    I find the reaction to the vote strange to say the least. Even the wives of politicians are poking their nose in. I view the whole thing as extremely stupid. We do not have the wherewithal to conduct a campaign of any kind so far from home. But the major problem is defining the enemy, yes says Hague the vague, it is Assad, or is it! My view is that their are several factions involved, all with their own agenda. Unfortunately, we do not know which is which. We have on one side a dictator, then the Muslim Brotherhood and then numerous tribes and People in general. In whose interest would we intervene. No one in government I suspect would have a clue. And there is no exit strategy suggested should it go pear shaped, which is almost inevitable.


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