Weak, not bullied

I'm sure Colin Pickthall is right (Letters, 3 November) when he says that at no time was "odious bullying" necessary before most Labour backbenchers voted to invade Iraq. All of them had been told by then that, in modern wars, between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of casualties are innocent civilians, and that 42 per cent of the total Iraqi population were under the age of 15. However, hordes of MPs had government jobs and not the slightest intention of relinquishing them. The Iraqi people's willing executioners displayed their moral weakness, cowardice, hypocrisy, callousness and rabid ambition. It was sickening to watch.

Dr Pat McIntyre


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This article first appeared in the 10 November 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Change has come