Tortures, inquiries, complicity, and Miliband
South Shields MP David Miliband scrubbed down by “Brillo”
I still have huge misgivings and suspicions around British complicity in using intelligence gleaned during medieval torture sessions as part of the Blair/Bush T.W.A.T. (The War Against Terror). I’ve just watched some of Friday’s “This Week” where “Brillo” (Andrew Neill) gives David Milliband, the former Foreign Secretary and South Shields MP a good scrubbing over the allegations and the lack of a full and independent inquiry into the role of our intelligence services and the Foreign Office’s attempts to suppress evidence due to be put before the courts whilst under Miliband’s leadership.
It was a reasonably good performance from our MP but three words that he uttered early in the encounter stick in my mind:
“It is conceivable”
He dealt with the questions as you would expect a veteran politician to deal with them, and as you would expect a contender for Labour’s leadership to handle them – admit to nothing, put it all off until the thirteen cases have been through the courts, wait until any further evidence presents itself in the courts, and have a new set of answers (if necessary) prepared by then for the eventuality. It is of course “conceivable” that Miliband’s position may be weakened further if fresh allegations and new evidence manages to see the light of day, but even now, after this competent political performance I was left feeling a bit like The Master of the Rolls, not fully trusting the statements of either Miliband or the Foreign Office regarding our role in these murky and muddied waters.Vodpod videos no longer available.