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Who cares how war criminals vote? Alastair Campbell Should have been kicked out of Labour years ago

Kit Knightly

Alastair Campbell has been kicked out of the Labour Party.

Apparently, he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the recent European Parliamentary elections, and then announced he had done so on Sky News. Thus putting him in breach of paragraph 2 of Labour’s Membership Rules, which states:

A member of the Party who joins and/ or supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group or other unit of the Party, or supports any candidate who stands against an official Labour candidate, or publicly declares their intent to stand against a Labour candidate, shall automatically be ineligible to be or remain a Party member, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6.I.2 below of the disciplinary rules.”

It’s a fairly open and shut case, to be honest.

And so ends the Labour career of Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s PR man, one of the key architects of the “dodgy dossier”, a man complicit in every death that resulted from the US/UK illegal invasion of Iraq.

The reaction of anyone, with even the most rudimentary grasp of ethics, should be “good riddance”.

Clearly therefore, the vast majority of the pundits, “journalists” and talking heads do not have a rudimentary grasp of ethics.

Yes, Campbell was actually defended. By journalists. And celebrities. And members of parliament.

Campbell is a “strong voice for Labour values” according to some, his expulsion is “Stalinist” according to others.

It’s time for a very serious reality check: Alastair Campbell should not be in the Labour Party.

He shouldn’t be tweeting his thoughts or giving interviews or writing columns. He shouldn’t have any power or influence or authority. He shouldn’t even be breathing free air.

He should be in the dock at the Hague, briefly. And then – hopefully – spending the rest of his time in eternity’s waiting room, carving tally marks on a cell wall.

Who cares who he voted for? He’s a fucking monster.

This is not “silly” or “old fashioned” or “predictable”. It’s just true.

As a society it’s important we try and recognise principles and morality. Virtue matters. Truth matters. There ARE absolutes. Most of the Labour MPs defending Campbell voted FOR that war. They all voted against investigations into it.

They are complicit in crimes against humanity. That is a statement of fact. And yet their opinions are treated as if they carry weight. They are assumed to have ideals, to be sincere, when their actions demonstrate this is simply not the case.

We don’t talk about Pinochet’s economic reforms.
We don’t isolate Pol Pot’s opinion on free healthcare.
We don’t defend Mussolini’s well organised internal transport infrastructure.

It is accepted that crimes of a certain scale put a mark on you that you can’t scrub off. That doesn’t change because these criminals are all well-spoken chaps with open shirt collars, it doesn’t change because they managed to slime their way out of punishment, it doesn’t change because our national ego lifts Britain above the law, and it doesn’t change because we’re all so English and confrontation makes us uncomfortable.

These people are monsters. Who they vote for does not matter. What they say does not matter. They have no values. They have no standing. They have no place in a decent world. If it were any other crime of the same magnitude that would not need to be explained.

“Progressives” will vilify Tulsi Gabbard for even daring to speak to Narendra Modi, or visit Assad’s Syria. Corbyn has been raked over the coals for talking with the IRA. Nigel Farage is considered a “Russian stooge” for deigning to even vaguely compliment Vladimir Putin.

All those people combined don’t add up to the butcher’s bill Campbell racked up in the Middle East. Not even in the most fevered, deceitful propaganda of the Western press.

But no one is talking about Iraq. When Momentum tweeted about it, they were accused of being “shallow” and “stuck in the past”.

Maybe people are just divorced from the reality. Maybe the scale warps in their minds. Maybe it’s just too big, too dreadful to actually picture.

One. Million. Dead.

The entire population of Birmingham dropping dead tomorrow.

More than double the British losses in World War 2.

9/11 happening every single day, for a whole year.

Alastair Campbell helped make that happen. He did it dishonestly. He did it deliberately. He did it for personal and political gain.

And he has not, to this day, faced any kind of punishment. In all likelihood, he never will.

If you EVER find yourself defending him, whether opportunistically to undermine Corbyn or earnestly because you see no problem with his actions, then you are through the looking glass. Your morality is tonaly inverted.

Alastair Campbell’s voting record is an irrelevance. I don’t know who he voted for, or if he voted at all. I don’t care. It probably was the Lib Dems. It’s the mootest of moot, and the media outcry about it is beyond absurd.

Every time any person who played a part in the crimes of the Iraq war is allowed to exist in our society, without reference to the immense crime they committed, we normalise the idea that murder is OK when WE do it to THEM. That our wars are mistakes, or misjudgments or “foreign policy blunders”. They don’t really count. We don’t really mean it. We’re nice.

Blair and Campbell are given column inches. Their enablers in parliament rail against “antisemitism” and for the “people’s vote”, or talk about the evil “dictators” in Venezuela or North Korea who don’t share our “values”. Their cheerleaders in the press talk up Vladimir Putin as a “pariah” because of the totally bloodless Crimean referendum, but happily chuckle through interviews with Campbell as if he isn’t soaked to the bone in the blood of innocents.

Criminals discussing Brexit and football and Love Island, like it’s all a big joke. Campbell talks “candidly” about his “battles with depression” and we’re all supposed to go “awwww!”

All the while the man who proved their criminality rots in jail, barely able to move.

The world of the media is upside down.

It is disgusting, but wholly expected. The Establishment is rallying to defend one its own, it always does.

But most people know the truth: The only thing wrong with Alastair Campbell being kicked out of the Labour party, is that it’s fifteen years too late.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Bear
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Bear

One of the best articles I have ever read. Campbell seems to have all the traits of a narcissistic sociopath. They love being the centre of attention, even if it is negative, and that is why this evil man still courts publicity. Blair’s little Goebbels worked to destroy countless lives, not to mention the children born with hideous birth defects throughout Iraq, in particular Fallujah. If there is anything any of you can do for them, please help them:
Warning, upsetting content:

https://www.facebook.com/fallujahhospital2012/

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

Kit, as you well know the charade of ‘liberal interventionism is little more than a fig leaf to mask the actual motives of US corpocracy (i.e. the insatiable pursuit of wealth and resources, irrespective of collateral damage).

They are backed to the hilt by the military and MSM and will protect to the death anyone willing to do their bidding no matter how catastrophic the consequences.

We all know Campbell will never be taken down – if they get him then they might get to Blair and if they can get to the grinning assassin then they might be able to get to Bush, Cheney, or Rumsfeld.

Its a predatory food chain and the moment there is nothing big enough to eat those at the top of it.

Shardlake
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Shardlake

Given the lead role Alastair Campbell played in setting up the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly in 2003 and the extraordinary measures that were taken to prevent the Oxfordshire coroner, Nicholas Gardiner, from carrying out his duties under due process of law, it is hardly surprising he has since suffered from depression or mental issues.

The most charitable conclusion one could draw is that he suffers from attacks of conscience for all his questionable actions during his years of tenure as Mr Blair’s spokesman and attack dog – although there may be a good deal of people who would disagree with that analysis.

The television interview he gave at his gate regarding his expulsion was quickly turned into an attack on Mr Corbyn with a side-swipe at antiSemitism. Mr Campbell made a poor attempt to side-step the issue in that he simply contravened the rules supporting a party other than Labour as Kit Knightly correctly points out. Time to give it up, Mr Campbell, get off the air waves and stay off.

Others are now coming forward to say they acted in the same manner; an obvious attempt to goad the Labour Party into precipitating action against themselves. This is a concerted effort to shift the emphasis on to Mr Corbyn by Blairite supporters and Friends of Israel members who want rid of him. Whether Labour members support Mr Corbyn’s ideals or not, it’s interesting that more opposition comes from within the Labour Party than from without and Mr Campbell remains at the forefront of it.

mark
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mark

If they can kick out Galloway for being right about Iraq, and Marc Wadsworth for calling out the smear campaign against Corbyn, they can certainly kick out a creature like Campbell.

anon
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anon

This article argues, rightly, that no amount of positive achievement on the part of Campbell, Pol Pot, Pinochet, and Mussolini can ever mitigate their war crimes. Yet it glorifies Assange (giving him all the credit for a piece of public-interest whistleblowing that involved many anonymous informants and facilitators) without taking any account of the multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault, and the fact that Assange has evaded the proper judicial process for answering these allegations for several years (such that some of them have hit a statute of limitations, despite the fact that the victims had raised the allegations in a timely manner). The alleged rape and sexual assault committed by Assange may not be comparable in magnitude to Campbell’s genocidal war crimes, but they are still very serious crimes, and it is, therefore, irresponsible to brush them under the carpet, especially at a juncture when Assange has yet to face trial and (if proven guilty) serve the sentence. In glorifying Assange, Knightly is acting hypocritically.

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

Please note the mentality behind his bluster. To wit

” … multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault, and the fact that Assange has evaded the proper judicial process for answering these allegations for several years (such that some of them have hit a statute of limitations, despite the fact that the victims had raised the allegations in a timely manner). The alleged rape and sexual assault committed by Assange …”

You see, ALLEGATIONS are taken to be FACTS. This is how the media creates its own reality. In fact the FACTS were that Assange was questioned once in Sweden and once in London and his questioners admitted that there was insufficient evidence to even CHARGE Julian let alone try him for sexual assault. The case was dropped on both occasions.

It really quite ironic that the bogus ‘rape’ fitting up of Assange should take place in a country which has the highest rape crimes in Europe. I would imagine that the real rapists either get off scott free as the police don’t bother to charge them, or they get some sort of therapy, a very Swedish touch that.

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

Anon – you are Jess ‘Hi Tony, Hi Alistair’ Phillips. and I claim my £5

Rich
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Rich

Oh, go and get stuffed. Bloody feminists.

mark
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mark

It looks like the boys at 77th Brigade have been given their assignments for the week.

There haven’t been “multiple sexual allegations”, there have been two transparently politicised and fabricated smears, which are unworthy of serious consideration and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

The US Mafia Regime will do literally anything to get its bloody hands on Assange, including hijacking the plane of the President of Bolivia.

milosevic
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milosevic

… and the government disinfo trolls have arrived.

https://justice4assange.com/Note-to-editors-Sweden.html

crank
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crank

Conversely, who cares what the “Labour Party” does or doesn’t do? Almost all of them voted for the Iraq war. Why shouldn’t a war criminal be a member of a war criminal party? Why are people still whitewashing them, after all these years? – milosevic

This is correct, all other opinions are fudge in my view.

Read Mark Curtis’ work.
Labour are, and have always been imperialist warmongers, with a smattering of human beings on the fringes.

mark
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mark

Subhuman filth like Campbell are a thousand times worse than the most sick and evil killers in society, the Bradys and Hindleys, the Peter Sutcliffes, the Ted Bundys, the Jeffrey Dahmers.
Those people killed just a handful of victims, and without excusing their crimes, were seriously damaged individuals to begin with.
Campbell and Blair and their ilk have the blood of millions on their hands, and leave it to others to do their dirty work.
They posture and preen as great statesmen and their pearls of wisdom are treated with sycophantic deference by simpering MSM hacks.
Meanwhile people who tell the truth about their crimes and lies, the George Galloways, the Assanges, the Mannings and Snowdens, are hounded out of the Labour Party at best, or more likely arrested, tortured, put through some travesty of a kangaroo court and sentenced to decades in the US Gulag.

Jumpbean Max
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Jumpbean Max

I agree. Most western politicians should be shunned and reviled and insulted whenever they enter a public space.

As a society it’s important we try and recognise principles and morality.

I think “try to recognize” is proper English. Of course as shown I spell that with a z, so maybe it’s different for you British people.

Jon
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Jon

This scumbag never was Labour, he was simply Blair’s handler on behalf of his Rothschild Zioscum masters. A psychopathic political whore puppet, nothing more.

Shardlake
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Shardlake

Just given you a ‘thumbs up’, Jon. I guess he’ll be off your Christmas card list now.

Headlice
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Headlice

Is this site D-noticed with respect to the health of Julian Assange.?

OffG
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OffG

Why on earth would you think that? In fact we published one of the first claims about his declining health earlier this month and are about to publish something else later today.

Yarkob
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Yarkob

hear hear, kit. i don’t suppose Tbliar is even a member anymore but even he said he’d vote labour. a poisoned chalice if ever there was one. if i were corbyn i wouldn’t want campbell’s vote, either. good on whoever pulled the lever to dump him

Tom Paine
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Tom Paine

Off topic but What’s happening with Julian Assange?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/julian-assange-health-prison-medical-wing-hmp-belmarsh-wikileaks-trial-a8936136.html

Are they going to Kill him? Why has he been forgotten?

Tutisicecream
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Well said Kit, the Keighley Killer is a blatant war criminal walking in plain sight. It makes me sick that the Guardian sees his expulsion from the Labour party for voting the yellow stripes as some sort of Brownie Points coup for the Tory Enablers.

No surprise that Campbell, the once purveyor of porn, is exposed as being snivelling supporter of the British establishment. That same establishment which promotes endless human rights abuses, wars and genocides while protecting its front-men. Allowing the likes of Campbell & Blair as well as Christopher Steele the right to roam without charge.

The climate crisis that the Guardian is screaming about is directly linked to environment catastrophes – of which the most blatant man-made one is war! But as with other issues related to multi-polar globalism and environmental degradation they don’t connect the dots properly.

Rhys Jaggar
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Rhys Jaggar

Why on earth do you still bother reading the Guardians of Zion?

Pure US neocon propaganda now….

Tutisicecream
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Well said Kit, the Keighley Killer is a blatant war criminal walking in plain sight. It makes me sick that the Guardian sees his expulsion from the Labour party for voting the yellow stripes as some sort of Brownie Points coup for the Tory Enablers.

No surprise that Campbell, the once purveyor of porn, is exposed as being snivelling supporter of the British establishment. That same establishment which promotes endless human rights abuses, wars and genocides while protecting its front-men. Allowing the likes of Campbell & Blair as well as Christopher Steele the right to roam without charge.

The climate crisis that the Guardian is screaming about is directly linked to environment catastrophes – of which the most blatant man-made one is war! But as with other issues related to multi-polar globalism and environmental degradation they don’t connect the dots properly.

andyoldlabour
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andyoldlabour

I should like to add, that Charles Clarke (ex Labour Home Secretary) voted for the Lib Dems in the latest election, and Bob Ainsworth (ex Labour Defence Secretary) voted for the Greens.
They should also be expelled from the Labour Party IMHO.
I suppose folks realise that the likes of Bliar, Campbell etc. will never set foot in the ICC, because of something called:
The Hague Invasion Act, drawn up by George W Bush to ensure that no citizen of the US or its allies, will have to face charges for war crimes.

Rhys Jaggar
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Rhys Jaggar

Yes that is why the ICC should not be recognised by the rest of the world. Courts examine evidence without prejudice nor favour, so The Hague Invasion Act renders that judicial pillar null and void.

mark
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mark

The ICC is now being treated with the contempt it deserves from African countries, who ignore it and refuse to have anything to do with it.

Harry Stotle
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Harry Stotle

Not one American leader indicted despite the crimes of Barak ‘drones Obama, or Hillary ‘we came, we saw, he died’ Clinton.

Most of the globe under the US yoke – how many do they have to kill before muppets at the ICC get their finger out?

Simon Hodges
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Simon Hodges

Glad I’m not the only person who feels this way. Blair & co are sociopathic monsters with no real humanity. In my mind he’s worse than Hitler as he’s a mass murderer yet maintains a delusional sanctimonious, holier than thou attitude. Sociopathic ‘Priests’ in Jackboots and utter scumbags as far as the eye can see.

Hugh O’Neill
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Hugh O’Neill

God Bless Kit for his searing eloquence and passion. This is raw truth, and a powerful testimony to the universal hypocrisy that discolours our world. For the sake of all those innocents murdered by Blair, Campbell and Co, we must keep fighting for truth and justice and sanity. Pax Vobiscum.

binra
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Missing the point? Was it not a ploy to undermine Corbyn?
Does anyone for a moment think this man has any regard for the Libdems?

Power ‘brokers’ play to power for power – as they conceive or define it to be.
Power as ‘war’ by any means is the intention to eat rather than be eaten – under the conviction that others are of the same mind. The power of the mind is fully active in whatever we actually believe – which is revealed by our actions. Those who seek to deceive MUST be deceived. What goes around comes around – with interest.

The belief one’s judgement is right is the wronging of all else and a world invested in judgement as ‘survival’ of possession and control is a world gone wrong. A nightmare; an insane asylum.
Globalist dreams of making the world ‘new’ use base fears and appetites to manipulate assets to serve their ‘godly’ pretensions. If the ‘evil’ is evil enough – any price becomes the lesser in the attempt to eradicate it. But evil never can or shall eradicate itself – so much as LOSE the capacity to gain or maintain allegiance through a false and forced mind-framing.

The love of hating our sins in the other is for what we privately get out of doing so.
As long as such ‘others’ have such a use they will be given power, meaning, importance, energy and attention.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

‘Snakes In Suits’
It’s explained here>
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_in_Suits

John
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Well pointed out. Also here: http://ponerology.com/

patrick kerriga
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patrick kerriga

Thank you KIT. You have expressed my feelings brilliantly.

Rhisiart Gwilym
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Rhisiart Gwilym

Great stuff, Kit! Absolute bullseye. BTW, when you say: “Your morality is tonaly inverted” are you referring to the tonal and the nagual…?