Friday, August 12, 2005

Ananova - McCririck slams PM at Cook funeral

"Mr McCririck said it demonstrated 'petty vindictiveness' that the Prime Minister had snubbed Mr Cook's widow Gaynor and the rest of the family by staying on holiday.

The comments, which were broadcast on a loudspeaker outside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, were met with a round of applause from onlookers who packed the Royal Mile.

In his eulogy, Gordon Brown said Mr Cook's passing had left a gap that could never properly be filled."

I do not share the view that Blair stayed away out of petty vindictiveness. Why should he turn up to support someone who has become the first labour martyr to the truth about Iraq?

Brown is right about Cook. There is no one among them with real integrity and a commitment to an ethical foreign policy.