Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Blair to Face Impeachment Motion

Opposition party members in the United Kingdom Parliament will be putting forth a motion on Wednesday, Nov. 23 demanding debate concerning Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The impeachment motion calls for debate regarding "gross misconduct" in leading Britain to war against Iraq. It is the first such motion to be presented in Parliament since the 19th century.

Due to a large majority in the House of Commons of Blair's Labour party, the motion is predicted to have no effect on Blair legally. However, the motion could bring up what some see as an embarrassing situation for Blair. Blair admitted earlier this year that intelligence on which he based his case for war with Iraq was wrong. The intelligence indicated that Hussein had banned weapons ready to be used.

Blair is up for re-election in May of 2005 and has revealed that his campaign will focus on crime and terrorism prevention.

As for my take on things, I would think that the fact that this is the first time that the power of impeachment has been used since the 19th Century would be an embarrassment to Blair. It was certainly embarrassing to Bill Clinton when he faced impeachment hearings during his time as US President. However, Blair has sometimes been a voice of reason concerning issues in Iraq.