The government is spinning that to vote for democratic oversight of the Iraq decision-making process would undermine the brave boys fighting for democracy in Iraq. So democracy undermines the fight for democracy? Well Guido reckons that they would like to know why they are providing target practice for sectarian insurgents before they start the civil war that they clearly are keen on commencing. “Ours is not to reason why, ours is to do or die” is not as popular a mantra as it was…
Things Guido has learnt from drilling down the site analytics:
- Tory Totty was the most popular story this month.
- Lembit Opik Has a Secret was the most popular story last month.
- Fifty Tory Applicants for New Seat was the most popular story this year.
- Last month the daily average number of page views was over 10,000.
- Two thirds of you still use Microsoft’s IE versus a quarter using Firefox.
- Iain Dale (5.99%) followed by ConservativeHome (3.14%) are the top referring sites this year (excluding Google searches at 19.9%).
- Top search referrals this year (after variations on Guido) are “Sheridan” and “Ruth Turner”.
- 30,900 co-conspirators have visited the site over 200 times this year.
- On average some 200,000 visitors come at least once a week.
- 124,000 came to the site once in 2006 and never returned.
Conduct of Government Policy in relation to the war in Iraq and its aftermath
That this House will establish a select committee of seven honourable Members, being members of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, to review the way in which the responsibilities of Government were discharged in relation to Iraq and all matters relevant thereto, in the period leading up to military action in that country in March 2003 and in its aftermath.
If the Liberals abstain or vote against then they look like hypocrites for voting against a motion many have signed as an EDM. If the Conservatives seize the opportunity to pull a rabbit out the hat and vote for it, the number of Labour rebels might tip the balance against the government.
The Tories would not be voting against the war, but for scrutiny of the policy and the lead up to the military action. Claire Short is expected to speak in the debate (as an independent), the Labour backbenchers who feel they were hoodwinked into supporting the invasion may well vote for the establishment of a Select Committee. It would be illogical for supporters of John McDonnell not to vote with the SNP…
“If the Government were serious about this problem, they would give local authorities the power to tackle excess second home ownership. They have totally failed to discourage this practice, and must act now.”