Did Labour MPs launch Corbyn coup to rescue Blair from war crimes charge?

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Scottish MP Alex Salmond says the coup against Jeremy Corbyn was launched by a core of right-wing Labour MPs because they fear the anti-war leader will seek the impeachment of Tony Blair after the Chilcot report is published on Wednesday.

In an op-ed for the Herald Scotland newspaper, former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Salmond said he hopes Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq war probe will result in Blair stranding trial.

© Reuters In a few revealing paragraphs, however, Salmond mulls the obsession of Labour MPs with forcing current leader Corbyn’s resignation.

A leadership contest after the Brexit vote would be understandable, Salmond says, but “what exactly was the urgency in getting the removal vans to visit Corbyn’s office last week?

“I had a conversation on exactly this point with veteran Labour firebrand Dennis Skinner. He answered in one word: ‘Iraq.’ The Skinner line is that the coup was timed to avoid Corbyn calling for Blair’s head next Wednesday from the Despatch Box.”

Several MPs, including Salmond and Corbyn, are expected to call for legal action to be taken against ex-Prime Minister Blair over his role in the Iraq war, namely his distortion of the facts about the presence of weapons of mass destruction.

Impeachment laws have not been used in Parliament since 1806, but the process could see Blair put on trial and banned from holding a position of power for the rest of his life.

Quizzed by Sky News on Sunday, Blair said he would not comment on the Chilcot inquiry until the report was made public.

Asked why Labour members “hated him so fundamentally, ”he was unable to explain, adding “politics is a strange business.”

A confrontation with Corbyn still looms, as the Labour rebellion is yet to unseat him.

As the coup attempt limps into a second week, ex-Shadow Secretary of State Angela Eagle, whose leadership bid has been expected for over a week, came out Monday to say she would run “if Jeremy doesn’t take action soon.”


A new series of warning shots were fired by Eagle at the start of the week, as she told the press: “There are many people, MPs, party members up and down the country, asking me to resolve the impasse and I will if something isn’t done soon.”


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  1. An article in the UK Telegraph of July 2, opens with: “Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.” The Telegraph article is linked at Antiwar dot com’s main page today.

    The ICC prosecutors have no plans to investigate the causes of the Iraq war, the pack of lies Blair and Bush used to initiate hostilities. They prefer easier targets whose prosecutions won’t compromise their chances of lucrative employment within the Establishment Hierarchy at a later date.

  2. Its funny how Blair and Bush can be tried for war crimes in Malaysia and found guilty but those papers never got taken seriously when sent to the Hague. One of the Procesuctors from Univ. Illinois’s law Dept. did a great job and is now on every American gov. ” shit list” but got lucky – they took him off the no fly list – finally. Also funny how 2 Malaysian jets had some severe problems since those two were found guilty of torturing/ killing people in the ME/Gulf Wars. It looks like the Americans, British and Dutch rather like to let Liars, Theives and murderers Hide in the Countries after being found Guilty. Luckily also that that Planet X is closing in – once everyone is gone – only those liars, thieves and murderers with tons of money – will survive. — Maybe !

    • Excellent post that sums it up nicely. of course the list of anglo-american war crime management goes back more than 60 years, in almost 40 countries, and 4 continents. But since they are senior elite UN members they are excluded from every possible prosecution on earth, right or wrong. Their Slavic, Arabic, Latino, Asian counterparts get prison, death chambers, firing squads, sanctions while the nice-ass lordship and wasps get acres, cottages, pensions, control boards etc.. What a nice path for a politically “successful” career.

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