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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 06:40 PM
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Support in UK for Iraq war plummets - poll
Irish News


Support in England for the war in Iraq has fallen from almost two-thirds of the electorate at the time of the conflict to less than half now, according to a poll released today.

The findings suggest that the recent rows over the British governments dossiers and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in the three months since the fall of Baghdad have eaten away at public confidence in British Prime Minister Tony Blairs decision to commit Britain to war. ---


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Ferretherder Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 06:50 PM
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1. Uh, wow. Go figure, huh?
This is on a par with something like, ' Support for weekly public clubbings of baby seals in Trafalgar Square plummets as citizens realise government means REAL seals and REAL clubs.'
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 06:53 PM
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2. "Voters turn their backs on Blair and war" - Timesonline link


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-738580,00.htm...


Trust in Prime Minister slides as Iraq dossier row with BBC rages

PUBLIC support for the war in Iraq has fallen sharply over the past month with the killing of British and American troops and the continuing row over the Governments dossier on Saddam Husseins weapons, an opinion poll for The Times finds today.

The Populus survey also found that more than half of voters would not trust Tony Blair further than they could throw him and that people no longer regard him as more honest than most politicians.

The findings are a double blow to the Prime Minister as he prepares to defend his handling of pre-war Iraqi intelligence to MPs today. Yesterday the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee found that a government dossier on Iraq last September gave undue prominence to the claim that Saddam Hussein could launch chemical or biological weapons at 45 minutes notice, and that the Prime Minister inadvertently misrepresented a second report the so-called dodgy dossier in February.

The committees report was published as The Times poll found that 54 per cent of voters would not trust Mr Blair further than I could throw him and 63 per cent said that he was no more honest than most politicians. Those questioned rated both Iain Duncan Smith and Charles Kennedy more highly on both trust and honesty.

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Athame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 07:58 PM
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4. voters would not trust Tony Blair further than they could throw him
I had to do a double take when I read that. It was actually printed in the mainline press. Jeez, I want real media again in the USA!
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LauraK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 06:54 PM
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3. This will hurt dimson if it makes waves long enough.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-07-03 11:37 PM
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5. Kick!
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-03 06:42 AM
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6. Blair is all washed up
"new" labour needs to change direction urgently, but they cannot do so. The reaons for Blair's plummeting polls ratings are all too clear, too much spin, lies and deception, most tellingly over Iraq, a government drifting aimlessly with nothing good to give us in terms of policy and a complete refusal to lissten to or trust the British people.

Sadly the rot is not likely to stop anytime soon.
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