The War of Numbers

March 7, 2010 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Gordon Brown did his Chilcot turn on Friday. For once, his less than scintillating style worked to his advantage! One word you can never apply to Anthony L Blair is boring. Now, Gordon is a numbers man, and he knew exactly how much it’s cost us to cluster bomb Iraq into ‘democracy’: £8.5bn. One immediately thinks of all the Sure Start centres, clinics, affordable housing we could have bought instead. Even more iniquitous is the number we don’t know, officially: the number of Iraqis who can’t vote because our bombs killed them. No, gentle reader, that particular number is not one our ex-chancellor cares to know.

The catastrophic neocon invasion of Iraq defines our era. In a few centuries’ time (if we haven’t climate changed or nuked ourselves into extinction) our descendants will pop their history pills and shake their heads at the sheer stupidity of the whole thing. And yet, they will say, so many people saw so clearly that it was so stupid – what a shame none of them lived in Downing Street!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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