Monday, December 29, 2003

Spinning to war

More dirt surrounding the war on Iraq is emerging, with this report that MI6 ran a long-term campaign, Operation Mass Appeal, to plant stories in the media about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

Think about that: the intelligence services attempted to manipulate public opinion to build support for the government. Scarily antidemocratic is how I'd describe it.

Fortunately they failed - 80 - 90 percent of Britons opposed the war - but the fact that they even tried tells us that something is seriously wrong with British democracy. The British people should be clamouring for a full inquiry, and for the people who authorised this campaign of spin to be exposed and drummed out of office.