Then Catherine West prodded me out from under the duvet. The new Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister was reported as having told a meeting of Stop the War activists that Labour would consult them before deciding how it would vote on any future motion on military action in Syria.
Consult. Stop the War."
"Words cannot do justice to this situation, but I’ll give it a go.
"Have you ever seen a Stop The War march? It’s as if the bartender in the Star Wars cantina suddenly shouted, “Time, please gentlemen, drink up your blue milk and get out!” and the patrons had nowhere else to go.
All human life is there, apart from the human life with an ounce of sense (they’re at home watching the rugby).
Pacifists, Greenies, Marxists, Trots and, of course, Islamists – representing the homophobes, misogynists and amalgamated antisemites.
What do they want? Whatever America doesn’t. When do they want it? Whatever timescale will annoy America.
These are not people who represent a broad cross-section of civic society, like the Rotary, the Women’s Institute, or al Qaeda.
These are the kind of people who, if they’re not shouting “Tory scum!” and threatening young women with rape as they walk into Conservative conference, are justifying such putrid behaviour on their Twitter accounts.
These are people who would rather take sides with Putin, or Hamas and IRA terrorists than with any democratic government, especially any democratic government of the hated West.
And now they’ll have a say in Labour’s defence and foreign affairs policies.
And Labour still expect to be taken seriously as a potential government? Really? Don’t they understand there are Student Union presidents up and down the country shaking their heads in dismay at Labour’s immaturity?"
"My fear is that my party will dismiss the concerns of one ex-Labour MP without understanding that an awful lot of voters are as appalled by the idea of Stop The War-made policy as I am."
(Tom Harris - extracts from an article in the Daily Telegraph. You can read the whole article here.)