Speaking Truth to Power
The father of a British MP killed in Iraq ran against Tony Bliar in his home constituency, and got 10% of the vote. After Bliar's victory in the constituency was declared, the father gave a speech. WIIIAI says that Bliar himself was present to hear it. Here are some excerpts:
Fighting this campaign has not been an easy task for me, but I had to do it for my son Thomas... who was sent to war under extremely controversial circumstances.I've read several predictions that Bliar will soon be tossed by the Labor Party, which in the parliamentary system is enough to remove him from being prime minister. Let's hope so.
If this war had been justified by international law I would have grieved but not campaigned. If weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, again I would have grieved but not campaigned.
I do not claim to be a professional politician, fighting this campaign has not been an easy task for me but I had to do it for my son, Thomas Keys, Royal military policeman, killed in Iraq four days short of his 21st birthday. Sent to war under extremely controversial circumstances.
Tonight there are lessons to be learnt. I have it in my heart that one day the Prime Minister may be able to say sorry. That one day he will say sorry to the families of the bereaved and one say the Prime Minister might be able to visit wounded soldiers in hospital.
Then our campaign will not be in vain and all the people who have given me their vote tonight have sent a clear and resounding message about the Iraq war. Thank you for all the people that voted for me tonight.