COMING ON top of the controversy surrounding weapons of mass destruction
(WMDs), the death of scientist Dr David Kelly has brought about the most
serious crisis that New Labour has faced since coming to power in 1997.
THE FOREIGN Affairs Select Committee spent four weeks investigating the
reasons Blair gave for taking Britain into a war against Iraq. The title
of their proceedings - ’The decision to go to war against Iraq’ was
hardly dealt with.
THE REPERCUSSIONS of the RMT’s potentially historic decision were
downplayed by New Labour spin doctors. But last week’s events show
clearly how far the disenchantment and anger of ordinary workers towards
New Labour have stretched the unions’ tolerance closer to breaking point.