How much longer can the self-delusion continue? The Afghanistan mission is a hopeless failure and getting worse.Three international reports today confirm that.
Worst of all was President Karsai’s insult to the memory of our soldiers when he said that Helmand has “suffered because of the British soldiers.” Already 87 of our soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. The seven years mission has cost British taxpayers £1billion a year.
Prominent members of the Karsai Government are making fortunes from drug trafficking. Now the regime that we have spilled blood for is about to execute a man for reading literature about female equality.
This afternoon I tried to raise these issues at Business Questions in the Commons. Irritatingly I was not called so I put down an Early Day Motion that asked:
this House notes the ingratitude of President Karzai's statement that
Helmand Province suffered after the arrival of British troops; recalls
that 87 British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan; and calls for
a debate on whether the Government should continue to order British
soldiers to risk their lives in the service of the corrupt barbaric
Relative-gate rolls on with today’s ritual approval by the Commons on a motion that ends the political career of Derek Conway.
Now the scale of the offence of employing three relatives is known, sympathy to the affable Conway has disappeared. There is anger at the guilt by association list of 63 MPs published by the Daily Mail under the title Conway & Co. The only link is because they all employ one relative.
The cumulative effect of a succession of smears against MPs has dragged the reputation of MPs as a group into the gutter. Some of the accusations are justified. Most are fevered inaccuracies and exaggerations. Happily most MPs still enjoy good reputations as individuals.
But the mud sticks. There must be a thorough reform of MPs' expenses and employment practices to increase transparency. It will make life irksome and increase bureaucracy. But it is the only way to restore the unfairly battered image of the 650 MPs.
Many thanks for the valuable lively comments that have multiplied recently - some in verse!
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