Monday, 30 September 2013

The Gunshot That Didn't Echo Around the World

For Want of a Nail


For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

But how shall we rewrite this little rhyme? How about:

For the lack of LibDem dissenters votes the vote was lost
For the lack of the vote Britain didn't join the bombing of Syria
For the lack of Britain joining the bombing the US decided to go to a vote
For the lack of sure votes, the US forgot to have Congress vote
For the lack of US action the Russians proposed a surrender of chemical weapons
For the lack of a better idea the bombs did not rain down
For the lack of bombs raining down, there was engagement with the Iranians
And all for the want of the LibDem dissenters votes....



A toast to those who failed to rush where the US would not boldly go (alone)...

And not unsurprisingly this poll:

http://www.libdemvoice.org/syria-lib-dem-members-views-on-military-intervention-36435.html

of LibDem members (with rather a large sample for such things) shows that Nick Clegg and Paddy Ashdown were not in line with the mood of members on this follow-the-US-leader adventurism.. 

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