Well, Cameron recalled parliament yesterday and called for a vote on whether to engage Britain’s armed forces in air attacks against Islamic State, a group of around 30,000 Islamic extremists. That is less than a premiership football crowd.
All three main parties put their MPs under a three-line whip to vote yes. There were mutterings about about ‘mission creep’, Cameron’s proposal to expand the intervention into Syria without a further commons vote etc. but in the end it was Ayes 524 and 43 voting against. So we have hundreds of thousands of families relying on food banks, pay frozen for years, cost of living going up, zero hours contracts, sanctions against the poor, the sick, the old and the disabled yet we can afford to prosecute a war that, in Cameron’s words, ‘could take three years’
And so today I post The Independent’s Dave Brown’s re-intereptation of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Blind Leading the Blind”.
Saturday 27 September 2014. The Independent – Dave Brown/Pieter Bruegel
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asks Barack Obama to supply air support to help combat the Islamic State terrorists in his country. Obama is being tripped up, dragging Cameron, Clegg and Miliband towards the quicksand.
Pieter Bruegel The Elder Fusili, 1568 – Distemper on Linen Canvas, 86 cm × 154 cm, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples
This is a great example of how the political cartoon can get over a complicated point simply.
May I just add – There are none so blind as those who will not see.