Prime Minister Tom Dawkins’s remarkable speech in the House of Commons against the stance of his own colleagues and party, as British Parliamentarians is about to vote for a war against Iran.
It was purportedly for the excuse of Iran’s sinister hidden effort in the ‘assassination’ of the immediate previous Prime Minister in a freak air accident off the coast of Ireland.
It was the reflection of how British Prime Minister Tony Blair lied to the British public about Saddam Hussein’s “Weapons of mass destruction” back in 2003 and warranted the Parliament’s decree for a war to be waged against Iraq. It was in support of then US President George W Bush’s agenda, which had consequence of American oil companies direct interest in the world’s third rich deposit of hydro carbon.
Of course this video clip is a work of fiction called “Secret State” starring accomplished character actor Gabriel Byrne as Tom Dawkins, based on Chris Mullin’s novel “A Very British Coup”.
What is interesting when Mullin wrote his book, it was in 1988. I was way before the Balkan conflict where the powerful dictator Marshall Josef Tito’s Yugoslavia was dismantled. In “Secret State”, Dawkins served as a Captain in Bosnia and committed a very controversial act, which later the press haunted him for.
Never the less it is a very powerful speech, which placed the paramount for the interest of the majority and various principles that the British values, culture and political beliefs stood for.
It could be a political suicide, for upholding the idealism of politics against the practicality in the complexity of being the government of the people. Needless to say, it is a ballsy speech indeed.